Ask Congress to Protect Dreamers and Families!

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 The House has passed the American Dream and Promise Act! Now, it's on to the Senate.

 

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.

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court overturned the Administration's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, this is only a temporary solution. Without Congressional action, roughly 650,000* individuals, commonly known as Dreamers, who were brought to the United States by their parents and who have grown up in our country may still be deported to a country they have never known.

In addition, in September, a federal appeals court upheld the Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. That means these immigrants, who have built lives and families in the US over many years, could be separated from their families and deported.

The House of Representatives previously passed the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), would allow both Dreamers and those who came to the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to remain in the country. UNICEF USA calls on the Senate to take up this legislation 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.

When children and families are sent back to their countries of origin without adequate protections, they are likely to experience an intensification of the factors — violence, poverty, lack of opportunities, stigmatization, social exclusion and internal displacement — that drove them to migrate in the first place. The Senate must act quickly on this legislation. We need you to help! 

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