CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Dream Act of 2017
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/19/2017) -- The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge their members of congress to support the Dream Act of 2017 and other legislation that will reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In securing the passage of legislation that would protect Dreamers, CAIR cautions members of Congress from making any concessions that include the further militarization of the U.S. border or a border wall, to the small but vocal contingent of anti-immigrant lawmakers or President Trump.
“We must not permit Dreamers to be vilified and scapegoated for the problems facing this country, or used as a cover for the absence of a strategic and well-thought-out plan to produce job growth and improve the nation’s economic condition,” said CAIR Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi.
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DACA is the Obama-era federal administrative relief from deportation policy that protects the rights of some 800,000 undocumented young people, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” brought to the United States as children. On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of DACA within six months’ time.
Since President Obama established the DACA program in 2012, it has opened a path for over three quarter of a million-young people in the United States to cultivate their business ideas, serve in the military, advance their education, and contribute to our country in innumerable ways. As a result of President Trump’s decision to end DACA, it is now Congress’ responsibility to develop policy in the next six months to ensure protection for the young immigrants from deportation.
CAIR and other civil and human rights groups have expressed concern that the information gathered in the processes of registering for DACA, including fingerprints and other checks that identify biological features, will be used against Dreamers by federal agencies. US Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated that they will provide ICE with information if it involves “a significant law enforcement or national security interest.” Thus, it is critical that a united effort takes place to instill protective measures to prevent this from happening.
As a response to the rising anxiety amongst DACA recipients, representatives in Congress from both sides have introduced legislation that would protect Dreamers. Below are the top three bills you should urge your congress members to support:
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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