ng Immigrant youth had been waiting for a permanent solution to their immigration problems for more than a decade. DACA, the executive program created by President Obama in 2012 shielded them precariously and temporarily from deportation and provided a work permit and social security number which opened important opportunities for the beneficiaries.
But this Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was fragile to the political extremist currents in Washington.
Immigrant’s worse fears materialized this past November 2016 with the election of Trump, and as we reported in Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, those in power are fighting to dismantle DACA.
Today, Thursday, July 20th, 2017, a bi-partisan DREAM Act was introduced by long time champions Senators Richard Durbin (Dem.) and Lindsay Graham (Rep).
It is an uphill battle.
Right away, President Trump opposed the creation of DREAM Act 2017 with his usual malignant tweets. Be assured that the voices of the extreme right, the anti-immigrants and racists are screaming against the DREAM and DACA.
DACA-DREAMers and their allies will embark on the difficult task of fighting to defend DACA and the permanent solution offered by the DREAM, simultaneously. They never should let DACA go before the passage of the DREAM Act is secure or their lives will turn to a nightmare. Equally, the fight for the DREAM Act should be non-stop no matter what.
There is too much at stake for our communities: DREAMers are part of our lives and the economy. 95% of them have jobs or go to school or both. Many have families of their own, are paying mortgages and owning cars. Their stories of perseverance grace our lives and make our country better.
We cannot let these lives collapse as result of political pettiness.
Congress has the incredible opportunity to act with decency and common sense, just for a change.
It is time to demonstrate that the USA is a beacon of freedom.