26 November, 2022

Where will lame-duck action to protect Dreamers help the most?

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Where will lame-duck action to protect Dreamers help the most?

Do right by dreamers

"Democrats call protections for ‘Dreamers’ a lame-duck priority. Senate and House leaders seek Republican help to permanently protect undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children. Where are the ten Republican Senators whose votes are needed to advance the bill to protect them?" - Roll Call

DACA recipients pay $613.8 million in mortgage payments and $2.3 billion in rent. Their households pay $5.7 billion in federal taxes and $3.1 billion in state and local taxes. - American Progress

“My message to Senate Republicans is this: Work with us,” said Chuck Schumer. “Work with us on this widely supported policy so we can reach agreement that will protect families and strengthen our economy.”

We mapped where Dreamers live, their contributions to America and the Republican Senators whose votes are needed to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.

Mapping the Dreamers

Do right by Dreamers. Pass lame duck legislation to given them a path to citizenship.
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Democrats push on DACA solution

The “Dreamers”, as the beneficiaries of this policy are called, cling to the possibility that representatives of the Joe Biden government could take actions to ensure the continuity of the program before the end of the year.

“We want to get DACA done. We’d like to get whatever we can do in the lame duck session and a number of our senators, led by Senator Dick Durbin, as well as Senator Kyrsten Sinema, and others working in a bipartisan way — we’re trying to get something done,” said to the press Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader

Taking into account that the Republicans will have control of the House next January, several Democratic leaders showed their willingness to promote a bill that protects those who receive Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a measure that seeks shield the program from the interests of those who seek to end it. - Al Dia News

McConnell uses the filibuster to block DACA, immigration reform and Dreamers

Time For Republicans to do right by Dreamers

While Democrats seek to safeguard the program, Republicans in Congress have voiced their opposition to protecting Dreamers. If the mediation of Democratic legislators is not carried out, the federal courts would be close to ending the 2012 executive order, which would put an end to work authorization and the security of deportation that covers its more than 600,000 beneficiaries. 

President Biden was disappointed by the Fifth Circuit's decision in a statement, blaming the decision on Republican state officials who pushed efforts to strip DACA recipients of their protections. Despite Democratic efforts, the case will most likely end up in the hands of the Supreme Court, where the chances are high that the conservative majority will strike down the program. - Al Dia News

Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin, who also chairs the Judiciary Committee that oversees immigration bills, said at Wednesday’s event that passing legislation to put DACA recipients on a path to permanent status is a “high priority this month in the Senate.” But the Illinois Democrat also conceded that he only has “four or five” Republican votes secured at this point, short of the 10 Republican votes needed to join Democrats to overcome filibuster rules and move legislation in the evenly divided Senate. - Roll Call

Democrats fight to protect Dreamers from Republican led attacks to deport millions of DACA recipients

United We Dream

United We Dream helps ensure that people who are, have been, or will be directly impacted by the immigrant experience are at the forefront of decision-making. We organize at the grassroots level to build relationships and empower communities to articulate and implement those answers by elevating their work, not individual voices. Youth, womxn, and LGBTQ people from different ethnicities are at the core of their work.

Migration Policy Institute

The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions. Well thought-out, pragmatic immigration and integration policies are critical in building a secure and prosperous future in countries around the world.

Take Away: Call your Senator to demand they pass legislation to protect Dreamers.



Pro-Immigrant Sentiment

The poll – which is fully available online here – gauged voter sentiment on a range of issues, including a series of relevant immigration questions highlighted below. While the main issues driving this election are the related to the economy and inflation, the findings on immigration offer a reminder that Americans’ support for immigrants and immigration remains strong despite the relentless Republican nativism deployed throughout the midterms. Among the key immigration poll findings:

  • 68-32% support for Dreamers. Described as, “Passing a law right after the election to provide permanent legal status to DACA recipients and Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children but raised in the U.S.” Support for Dreamers was 82-18% among Latino voters.
  • 63-37% support for legal status and citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Described as, “Creating permanent legal status and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.” Support was 77-23% among Latino voters. - America's Voice

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