Friends, please join us in urging Congress to protect children and their families by passing the Dream Act and the SECURE Act which would allow Dreamers and those who came to the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to remain in the country.
Dreamers are still at risk of deportation if Congress does not act. DACA protects roughly 650,000 immigrant youth known as Dreamers who were brought to the United States by their parents and who have grown up in our country.
Additionally, while Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan will remain available for the majority of 2021, without Congressional action, these immigrants, who have built lives and families in the US over many years, could be separated from their families and deported in less than a year.
Only legislation can provide long-term protections for these individuals. In the 116th Congress, the House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) that would have allowed both Dreamers and those who came to the United States under TPS or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to remain in the country. This legislation never passed the Senate.
Now, in the 117th Congress, the Senate has introduced both the Dream Act (S.264) and the SECURE Act (S.306) with the House expected to re-introduce the American Dream and Promise Act soon. UNICEF USA calls on the Senate to quickly pass S.264 and S.306 in order to offer a pathway to citizenship and allow young people who have grown up and families who have built their lives in the U.S. to continue to contribute to the country they love.