Today marks the five year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Since 2012, the DACA program has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth by freeing them to come out of the shadows and live up to their God-given potential. They are now able to work and drive legally, and live day to day without fear of being deported.
This program is currently in limbo and could be repealed at any moment. The termination of this program would have devastating impacts on the people we love, our communities, and our economy. It would make 800,000 youth suddenly at risk of unemployment and deportation.
The BRIDGE Act, or Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy, is bipartisan legislation that would allow those who currently have DACA status and those eligible for the program to continue living and working in the United States with permission from the US government.
While we advocate for continued protections for DACA recipients, we also recognize the blessings of the entire immigrant community and we urge Congress to enact more just immigration laws that keep families together.
Send a message to your Representative and Senators today to demonstrate your support for DACA recipients and ask them to cosponsor the BRIDGE Act!
For more information on the BRIDGE Act, click here.
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