The future of thousands of young adults will be impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program anticipated in June 2020. Legislation is needed to ensure lasting protection for these undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. as children.
The House passed the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, H.R.6, on June 4th of 2019, but the bill has languished in the Senate. This is why we ask that you turn your attention now to your Senators, and urge them to stand in support of young adult immigrants by supporting legislative protection for DACA recipients generally and the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, H.R.6, specifically.
The Dream and Promise Act of 2019, H.R. 6, would provide conditional permanent resident status and a roadmap to lawful permanent resident status and, eventually, U.S. citizenship for immigrant youth who entered the U.S. before age 18, have four or more years of residency, and graduated from high school (or the equivalent). The bill also would provide an opportunity for people who currently have or who may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) and have three or more years of residence in the U.S. to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status and, eventually, U.S. citizenship. Data indicates that the young people protected by this bill contribute yearly $42 billion U.S. dollars to the country’s GDP, they pay $5.7 billion in federal taxes, and during this pandemic, more than 27,000 DACA recipients have been in the frontlines working as healthcare workers. They are veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities.
The ELCA has voiced support for the H.R.6 and for young adults known as Dreamers numerous times by issuing statements, including a letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton who reminded us of God’s command of the Israelites: "The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God" (Leviticus 19:34) and inviting advocacy support.
ACTION Advancing House action that passed its version of the Dream and Promise Act, we ask you to stand in solidarity with immigrants and their families by sending a message to your Senators. Request this by personalizing the letter below with your understanding and faith-based convictions, asking that they support H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]