1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

For Many Immigrants, a Bittersweet Thanksgiving

By Hannah Graf Evans, November 22, 2017


Hundreds of thousands of Dreamers—young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children—face losing the protections that allow them to live, learn, and work here without fear of deportation.

Please ask Congress to pass the Dream Act before the end of 2017. Help Dreamers safely remain in the only place many of them have ever called home.

Dreamers aren’t the only immigrants newly at risk of impending deportation. Just this week, President Trump revoked Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Haitians who have been living in the U.S. following natural disasters. His administration has also ended TPS protections for Nicaraguans, all of whom have been in the U.S. for nearly 20 years. These immigrants have put down deep roots, built careers, woven themselves into their communities, and had children who are U.S. citizens. Now, they face forcible relocation to unfamiliar and, often, unsafe places.

If you think talking politics at the Thanksgiving table can be tough, imagine having a conversation about whether you must move to a country where you know nobody and may not even speak the language, or whether you should face the risks of living undocumented in the U.S. I don’t accept that so many families will have to have that conversation this year, and I’m guessing you don’t either.

Let’s start by demanding that Congress pass the Dream Act before the end of 2017, as a first step toward realizing an immigration system that keeps people safe and keeps families together.

Unless Congress acts, this could be the final Thanksgiving together for millions of American families. Every person deserves the love, warmth, and security of a family and community kept whole. That’s why Congress must pass the Dream Act now.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Domestic 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.