National CAPACD Stands in Solidarity with DREAMers
The House and Senate voted yesterday to temporarily extend federal funding through February 8th in a deal that has, once again, left our undocumented youth and families behind. The vote ends the government shutdown, which was largely due to the failure to reach a consensus on the future of DREAMers in this country. In exchange for a spending bill that does not include a DREAM Act or language to extend the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we have only received elusive promises of a future bill to address the status of our immigrant youth.
National CAPACD is disappointed in this deal, which displays a lack of commitment to the nearly 800,000 DREAMers and their families who call America home. National CAPACD’s Executive Director Seema Agnani stated, “The security and future of immigrant youth and families in this country should not be a topic of political debate, nor can it be postponed for future discussion. We will work with our member organizations to protect DREAMers and defend their rightful place in this country. We will stand together against anti-immigrant policies, which reduce the lives of vulnerable Americans to a political gamble. We will hold Congress accountable to passing a clean DREAM act, reflective of our shared values of freedom, justice, and dignity for all Americans.”