1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Congress Must Protect Dreamers Now

By Hannah Graf Evans, January 18, 2018

Since the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September, Capitol Hill has seen a flurry of activity.

Members of Congress have introduced legislation, given speeches, written letters, met with the President, held town halls with constituents, listened to impacted communities, held press conferences, and voted to keep funding immigration enforcement.

But in five months Congress has failed to take the most critical action: Pass legislation that offers permanent relief for undocumented youth. Will you ask your members of Congress to enact legislation immediately?

In the meantime, the young undocumented immigrants who received DACA protections are in limbo. Two things need to happen to get commonsense immigration policies over the finish line and offer long-term stability to communities and families:

  1. Members of Congress need to push leadership hard on the urgency of passing Dreamer protection legislation. The emerging bipartisan compromise framework would be an important step.

  2. Constituents need to be louder than ever so members of Congress know that we're behind them. As constituents, we need to keep reiterating our values.

Congress must act, and it shouldn’t punt on legislation any longer. Will you call your member of Congress and urge them to act today?

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Former Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans led FCNL's lobbying for compassionate immigration and refugee policies, with a particular focus on detention practices, the rights of border communities, and protection of vulnerable communities. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years.