Ask Congress to Protect Dreamers and Families!
Friends, please join us in urging Congress to protect children and their families by passing legislation that 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, UNICEF USA calls on Congress to introduce and quickly pass a similar bill in order to allow young people who have grown up in the United States and families who have built their lives here to continue to contribute to the country they love, and offer a pathway to citizenship.
UNICEF believes families belong together. Children should not be separated from their parents or caregivers. Allowing families to be torn apart is not in our Nation’s best interest and runs counter to our American values. Advancing this bill is the only way to protect these young people and preserve their families.