Dear Mr. President
Since 2012, nearly 800,000 DREAMers, young people in communities across the country who arrived to the U.S. as children have put their trust in our government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Last year, President Trump decided to take away the DACA program. Unless Congress acts to make DACA protections permanent by March 5, these hardworking kids may be forced out of the only home they have ever known.
This week, Senate leaders promised the American people that Congress would take up a legislative solution to protect these young people. We must work together to find a solution that will ensure that DREAMers have a permanent home in the United States, and a fair shot at the American Dream. The DREAM Act, a bipartisan proposal, would do just that.
As a reminder, in order to qualify for DACA, a DREAMer must either be in school, have earned a high school diploma, or have been honorably discharged from the military; must have no felony or significant misdemeanor convictions, or not more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and must not pose a threat to national security or public safety. DACA recipients have paid about $2 billion in state and local taxes, are not eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid, are not eligible for federal financial aid for college, and are not “stealing jobs” from citizens.
I want to hear from you on this important issue. What would passing the DREAM Act mean to you? How important is it to you that Congress and President Trump act immediately to protect DREAMers of the East Bay, and why? Please email me by Friday, January 26, to share your thoughts.
As always, it is an honor to serve you in the U.S. Congress. Please visit my website or contact my East Bay office at 510-370-3322 if we can be of service in any way. To stay connected, join me on Twitter @RepSwalwell and Facebook.
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