- Between 1.8 to 2.1 million Dreamers would potentially be eligible to apply for conditional legal status under several legislative proposals introduced in Congress to protect Dreamers, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
- A legislative solution for Dreamers became more urgent on November 5, 2018 because the Justice Department petitioned the Supreme Court to review immediately three federal court rulings allowing DACA renewals to continue. President Trump ended DACA in September 2017, but three federal district courts issued preliminary injunctions allowing DACA renewals to continue while the court cases make their way through the court system. Now, the Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to review these cases this term without waiting for the Court of Appeals to rule.
Advocate for Dreamers
Contacting your member of Congress and/or their staff is one of the most effective ways to share your views on the need to pass a permanent, legislative solution for Dreamers. Below is guidance on writing to or meeting with your Member of Congress and/or their staff about a legislative solution for Dreamers.
- Ask Your Senators and Representatives to Support a Solution for Dreamers As Soon As Possible: This tool allows you to write to your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support Dreamers.
- Meet with Your Member of Congress: This document provides a guide for attending in-district or Washington, D.C. meetings with Senate and House offices. Click this link for a map of Capitol Hill.
- Please fill out this form after your meetings to provide us with feedback on where your member of Congress stands on protecting Dreamers. Here’s a printable version of the form.
- Talking Points:
- Economic Benefits of Dreamers:
- Over the next 10 years, Dreamers who currently have DACA will contribute an estimated $433.4 billion to the GDP, $60 billion in fiscal impact, and $12.3 billion in taxes to Social Security and Medicare if they can continue to work legally in the U.S.
- State-by-State DACA Fact Sheets: Provide a state-by-state overview of the economic and workforce effects of ending DACA without a permanent, legislative solution for Dreamers.
- Statements of Support for Dreamers:
- National security experts, law enforcement leaders, veterans, and more than 3,450 pastors and evangelical leaders believe Congress must protect Dreamers. Many Republican members of Congress also believe Congress must pass legislation to protect Dreamers.
- A collection of quotes from faith, business, and law enforcement leaders who support Dreamers.
Key Legislation Pending in Congress
There are three main bills pending in Congress that would provide a permanent, legislative solution for Dreamers.
- The Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act introduced in January 2018 in the House.
- The Dream Act of 2017 introduced in July 2017 in both the Senate and the House.
- The Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act introduced in March 2017 in the House.