WASHINGTON, D.C. — The clock is ticking ever louder.
With the deadline for a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers only 26 days away, pressure is mounting on Congress to pass a solution that allows the hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to keep their work authorization and protection from deportation.
At a press conference hosted by World Relief on Capitol Hill today, prominent evangelicals including Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, joined Sens. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Angus King (I-Maine) and pressed Congress to act quickly and urgently on a solution for Dreamers, among other pressing immigration concerns.
Also today, hundreds of evangelical pastors and other leaders from all 50 states published a letter urging President Trump and Congress, as they craft “just, compassionate and welcoming” immigration policies, to keep in mind Dreamers, refugees, persecuted Christians and families awaiting reunification.
If Congress fails to pass permanent legislation before March 5, the number of DACA recipients losing their protection — and, with it, their ability to work and contribute — could rise sharply and ultimately drive hundreds of thousands of young people out of their integral roles in American communities and into the shadows.
“The continuing impasse over hundreds of thousands of lives signals a failure of leadership on both sides of the aisle. Both Republicans and Democrats have disappointed Dreamers and American citizens alike by continuing to kick this can down the road,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “With 26 days remaining, we must ask Congress: Are you going to fail the American people, or are you going to get this done?”