5 Reasons Why — and How — You Should Support a Clean Dream Act
Why the Dream Act, and Why Now?
- The Dream Act would provide a pathway to citizenship to eligible young people who came to the U.S. as children and call this country their home.
- A pathway to citizenship, included in the Dream Act, will increase the overall well-being of young people by allowing them to earn a living, alleviate their fear of deportation, and ultimately give back to this country.
- The Dream Act will reduce high school dropout rates and encourage and allow more students to attend college.
- The Dream Act is a practical immigration issue that has received bipartisan support and is the first crucial step in providing a pathway to citizenship to all deserving immigrants.
- The time is now and the stakes are high — thousands of undocumented young people are losing the legal protections every day because of the terminations of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs. Congress must act urgently to pass the Dream Act by the end of December 2017.
What is a “Clean” Dream Act and Why Should You Support It?
- A clean Dream Act would keep more families where they belong — together, by excluding any provisions that would harm our immigrant communities by increasing immigration detention, enforcement and deportation.
- A clean Dream Act honors the voices and lived experiences of those in border communities by refusing further militarization of the U.S. southern border, including the use of drones, more agents or the expansion of a wall.
- A clean Dream Act promotes the reunification of families by avoiding any changes in immigration law that would reduce current immigration pathways by expanding grounds of inadmissibility and removability or radically changing family-based petitions and the diversity visa lottery.
- A clean Dream Act would uphold our values of offering humanitarian aid to those fleeing persecution or other dangers by safeguarding protections for unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers and others in need.
- A clean Dream Act rejects any attempts to further scapegoat and demonize the immigrant community, whether through increased funding for policing of immigrant and communities of color, provisions falsely claiming to address gang violence that actually provide a license for racial profiling of immigrant youth, and the creation of new grounds for inadmissibility and deportation.
Two Ways You Can Get Involved in the Fight for a Clean Dream Act:
1. Call your congressional representatives to support a Clean Dream Act
Find the contact information of your congressional representatives by going to https://dreamacttoolkit.org/
Call the congressional representative and let them know:
“I would like to ask Congressman/woman XXX to vote for a clean Dream Act. Voting for a clean Dream Act now would protect over 2 million undocumented young people who are at risk of deportation. A clean Dream Act would also reject increases in funding for deportations and reject any proposals to exclude people from immigration relief.”
2. Show Your Support this week for actions by undocumented young people by attending live or sharing their updates on your social media!
Tuesday, December 5: Black and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants will march to D.C. to demand a passage of a clean Dream Act (Click here for Facebook Event Page)
Wednesday, December 6: Undocumented young people and allies will urge Congress to pass a clean Dream Act (Facebook Event Page)
Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8: Undocumented young people will mobilize and protest through sit-in actions for the passage of a clean Dream Act (Click here for webpage)