Higher Ed Groups Urge Congress to Move on DACA

AACRAO joined a broad coalition of over 75 higher education associations urging Congressional leaders to pass legislation to permanently protect Dreamers after the Trump administration's announcement last week to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"Colleges and universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and as our colleagues and friends," the groups stated. "Despite the challenges they face, they have made an incredible mark on our country and economy. They should continue to be able to do so. If we are unable to protect these Dreamers, we will be shutting the door to an entire generation of individuals who only seek to contribute their best to America."

The coalition specifically references the Dream Act, first introduced 16 years ago, to address the uncertain status of these individuals. However, the groups push more broadly for Congress to quickly advance bipartisan legislation that would include all the protections currently provided under DACA and allow these young people to continue contributing to our society and economy by working, serving in the military or attending college.

Top U.S. House of Representative leaders met Wednesday to discuss potential legislation to provide protections to the nearly 700,000 dreamers at risk of losing their legal status if Congress fails to act, The Washington Post reported.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), and the leaders of the congressional Asian, Black and Hispanic caucuses discussed potential debate of the Dream Act. The meeting signaled that congressional leaders are indeed trying to build support for a broader plan that would pair some kind of legislation to deal with Dreamers with a plan to expand security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Related Links

Coalition Letter to Congressional Leaders on DACA

http://www.aacrao.org/docs/default-source/Advocacy1/SignOn-Letters/coalition-letter-to-congressional-leaders-regarding-daca.pdf?sfvrsn=0

The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/12/ryan-pelosi-to-huddle-on-dream-act/