Over 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients who grew up in America have been anxiously waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on the Administration's 2017 decision to eliminate DACA. Those numbers include 60,000+ LGBTQ+ DACA recipients who have been living with the threat of deportation to countries with anti-LGBTQ+ violence and anti-LGBTQ+ laws. They have also lived with the possibility of leaving their families, their jobs, and the only country they've ever known.
Today the Supreme Court ruled that the administration’s termination of DACA was unlawful. This means that hundreds of thousands of youth can continue to live, work, and be with their loved ones in the U.S. But there needs to be a permanent solution for DACA recipients.
It’s called the Dream Act, and it charts a path to legal status. In November of 2017 CenterLink, along with over 80 LGBTQ+ community centers, wrote a letter to House and Senate leaders in support of passing the Dream Act. It passed the House a year ago, and now is the time for the Senate to approve a lasting legislative solution.
Call the White House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and an operator will connect you with your Senators. (If you don't know who your Senate lawmakers are, find out here by selecting "choose a state".)
Tell them to pass the Dream Act NOW. Here's what you can say:
Hello, my name is ____________. I am an LGBTQ+ constituent who supports DACA. I encourage you to pass the Dream Act now and protect the over 700,000 DACA recipients who call our country home. Thank you.