1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Congress Needs to Pass the Dream Act Immediately

By Hannah Graf Evans, October 5, 2017

Congress needs to hear from you today about the urgency to protect Dreamers. 154,200 young immigrants are up against an arbitrary Oct. 5 deadline to renew their protections under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.

But between hurricanes, postal delays, financial burden, and lost paperwork, tens of thousands of young people are likely to fall through the cracks. This means DACA recipients could begin losing their work permits tomorrow, and they could even be at risk of deportation.

URGENT: Call on Congress to pass the Dream Act immediately.

The consequences of repealing DACA are immediate, devastating, and profound. DACA’s termination puts nearly 800,000 lives at risk, threatens families nationwide, and damages our communities and economy.

The Dream Act (H.R. 3440/S. 1615) is the only bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that would offer a reasonable, workable, and long past-due opportunity for Dreamers to pursue citizenship. It has broad support from the business and faith communities, and from Dreamers themselves.

Urge your members of Congress to pass the Dream Act into law.

Congress must enact a permanent solution before the lives of DACA recipients and the communities to which they belong are further destabilized. This is about putting the faithful call to love our neighbors into action. All of us have a divine spark within us and deserve a real chance to pursue our dreams and shine our Light in the world.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah co-chairs the steering committee of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, made up of over 45 faith-based organizations.