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FCNL Celebrates BRIDGE Act Reintroduction

January 12, 2017

The bi-partisan legislation in the House and the Senate seeks to protect certain undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States since they were young children.

On January 12, Senator Graham (R-SC) and Senator Durbin (D-IL) re-introduced the BRIDGE Act (S. 128) this time with a House companion bill sponsored by Representatives Gutierrez (D-IL) and Coffman (R-CO). FCNL celebrates the BRIDGE Act as crucial interim measure that would ensure almost 750,000 young adults would be protected from immediate deportation.

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The BRIDGE Act – which stands for Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy – creates a program that allows undocumented young adults who grew up in the U.S. and meet certain eligibility requirements to apply for a three-year deferment of deportation and continued work authorization.

Donald Trump has threatened to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) – passed by executive action in 2012 – when he assumes office. Congress should not wait to see if this promise comes to fruition; they should act immediately to protect Dreamers by cosponsoring and passing the BRIDGE Act.

If DACA recipients have their work authorizations revoked and are put back on the track for deportation, it would have devastating effects -- not only for the individuals, but also for U.S. communities. Dreamers with DACA are fully integrated into their communities and are pursuing educational opportunities or working in various industries. Six-percent have started their own businesses and many reported that DACA helped them obtain an increase in wages inspiring them to buy cars and houses. If DACA is revoked without passage of the BRIDGE Act, the GDP would reduce by $433.4 billion over ten years.

FCNL urges Congress to act immediately in the interim to protect Dreamers and then turn to enacting compassionate immigration policies that provide long-term solutions for Dreamers and all undocumented immigrants, including a pathway to citizenship.

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) are original cosponsors of the Senate version of the BRIDGE Act. U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Carlos L. Curbelo (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Judy Chu (D-CA) are original cosponsors of the House version of the BRIDGE Act.

Write to you members of Congress today and urge them to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act.