The League joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and over 180 organizations calling on Congress to immediately pass the DREAM Act without amendment. The call for action comes in the wake of President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
September 7, 2017 PASS THE DREAM ACT WITHOUT AMENDMENT Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the undersigned 184 national, state, and local organizations, we urge you to immediately pass the Dream Act without amendment. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provided a measure of common sense and compassion to immigrants who were brought to this country as children and who have grown up here. Approximately 800,000 young adults who grew up in this country have registered with the federal government, submitted to background checks, paid fees, and have worked to obtain an education. In return, they were given a reprieve from the threat of deportation, work authorization, and the ability to make valuable contributions to our communities. They have gone on to raise families of their own, volunteered to serve in our military, started their own businesses, and become integral to our communities. President Trump’s decision to end DACA does a grave injustice to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. His decision is even more tragic because it was unnecessary. While the President has manufactured this crisis, the responsibility to fix it now falls to Congress.
The President has repeatedly tried to divide this nation, but we urge you to show real leadership. We need more than rhetoric. We need action. These vulnerable young people should not be used as bargaining chips or hostages by those who want to exploit President Trump's cruel decision.
We stand united in calling on you to immediately pass the Dream Act without amendment so that young people who were brought to this country when they were children are protected. We call on you to treat this with the urgency you would if it were your own son’s or daughter’s life at stake.
Sincerely, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 9to5, National Association of Working Women ACLU of NM AFL-CIO AFSCME Advocates for Youth Alliance for Justice Alliance San Diego America's Voice American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) American Federation of Teachers American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee The Arc of the United States Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) Autistic Self Advocacy Network Bend the Arc Jewish Action Black Women's Health Imperative Black Women's Roundtable Black Youth Vote Bread for the World Callen-Lorde Community Health Center CANDLE Rockland Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) Center for Reproductive Rights Center for Responsible Lending Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, California State University San Bernardino CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers Church World Service Communications Workers of America Constitutional Accountability Center Council for Global Equality Council on American-Islamic Relations San Diego Defending Rights & Dissent Demos Divine Word Missionaries Earthjustice Economic Policy Institute Policy Center Education Law Center-PA El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos Employee Rights Center (ERC) Equal Justice Society Equality California Equality New Mexico Espacio Migrante Every Child Matters Family Equality Council Feminist Majority Foundation Forum for Youth Investment Forward Together Franciscan Action Network Futures Without Violence Gender Spectrum GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality Global Justice Institute GLSEN Harm Reduction Coalition Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights Hindu American Foundation Hip Hop Caucus Hispanic Federation Hispanic Health Network Hope Border Institute Human Rights Advocates Human Rights Campaign Human Rights Watch Identity Youth Center Immigrant Legal Resource Center Interfaith Worker Justice Japanese American Citizens League Justice Overcoming Boundaries in San Diego County Lambda Legal Laotian American National Alliance Las Cruces CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) Las Vegas (NM) Peace and Justice Center Latino Commission on AIDS LatinoJustice PRLDEF Latinos in the Deep South Leadership Conference of Women Religious League of United Latin American Citizens League of Women Voters of the United States Legal Aid at work The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (NYC) LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute The LOFT LGBT Community Center Los Angeles LGBT Center MALDEF Matthew Shepard Foundation Metropolitan Community Churches MPower Change Muslim Advocates Muslim Public Affairs Council NAACP NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. 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South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Southern Border Communities Coalition Southern California Immigration Project Southern Poverty Law Center T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights UnidosUS (Formerly National Council of La Raza) Union del Barrio, Los Angeles Union for Reform Judaism UNITE HERE Local 30 The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity US Human Rights Network Voices for Progress The Voter Participation Center Voting Rights Forward Voto Latino Whitman-Walker Health Women's Business Development Center Women's Intercultural Network (WIN) Women's League for Conservative Judaism Women's Voices.Women Vote Action Fund Woodbury Fund Woodhull Freedom Foundation World Without Genocide YWCA USA