185 civil and human rights groups urge Congress to immediately pass the Dream ActAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Saturday, September 9th, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights along with 184 civil and human rights groups has sent a letter to Congress to urge lawmakers to immediately pass the Dream Act without amendment.
“President Trump’s cruel and inhumane decision to end DACA must not stand,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “Countless members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, have spoken against this shameful action. Lawmakers need to put action behind their words. Congress must immediately pass the Dream Act without any partisan, divisive amendments. This is not just an immigration issue – it is about the values of fairness and inclusion that we uphold as a nation. We are proud to stand with this diverse, broad collective in support of the Dreamers.”
The letter states in part:
“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.”
The full text of the letter is below, and it is available here.
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