11 Bipartisan U.S Governors Urge Congress for Quick Passage of Dreamer Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC – 11 U.S governors, John Kasich (OH), John Hickenlooper (CO), Steve Bullock (MT), Tom Wolf (PA), Brian Sandoval (NV), Charlie Baker (MA), Phil Scott (VT), Mark Dayton (MN), Roy Cooper (NC), Bill Walker (AK), and Gary Herbert (UT) are calling on House and Senate leaders to pass permanent protections for Dreamers quickly. In a letter addressed to Speaker Ryan, Leader Mitch McConnell, Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Leader Chuck Schumer they write:
“Already, more than 12,000 Dreamers have lost their protective status and are susceptible to deportation. This is not a theoretical peril, but in fact an immediate and urgent one, because more than 100 young people in our cities and towns are losing their protective status every day. Those numbers will accelerate dramatically without a legislative fix.
Given this urgency, we encourage you to come together quickly to shape a bipartisan solution that allows our Dreamers to remain in the United States and continue their constructive contributions to our society.”
This letter from Democrat and Republican governors follows recent polling which shows that the American public overwhelmingly supports giving Dreamers the opportunity to stay in the United States. Among Republican voters, 70 percent said that Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the United States.
Time is running out for Congress to pass a legislative solution that would protect the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients currently living, working and contributing to communities across the country. Earlier this year, the Trump administration decided to end the DACA program, and as a result, the fate of Dreamers is in Congress’ hands. If Congress doesn’t act now, hard-working, tax-paying DACA recipients will be faced with the threat of deportation from the only nation they have ever called home.