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December 14, 2017

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Capitol Building, Room 204
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Minority Leader
U.S. Senate
Hart Office Building, Room 419
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Leader Pelosi and Leader Schumer,

A clean Dream Act must be passed immediately to ensure the safety, dignity and livelihood of immigrant youth, their families and the broader communities they are part of.

More than 11,000 young people have lost their protection from deportation and ability to work since the Trump Administration announced on September 5th the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented Americans.

Each day without a permanent legislative solution, 122 who benefitted from DACA will lose their protections and many more people will become vulnerable to the ever-growing enforcement machine that has already separated millions of families. This is particularly concerning because leading up to the termination of DACA, there were a series of DACA recipients who were targeted for arrest and deportation including Daniel Ramirez Medina, Ricky Enriquez Perdomo, and Daniela Vargas.

The undersigned organizations stand with immigrant youth who have put their lives on the line, contribute to our economy and add to the diverse fabric of our society. As you go into negotiations with your counterparts in Congress and the White House, we call on you to stay true to your commitment that passage of a clean Dream Act is a priority and ensure it be included in the must-pass spending bill that Congress needs to approve by December 22.

We want to make clear that votes on any spending bill that moves forward without a clean Dream Act are votes to deport Dreamers and rip communities apart already tarnished by heightened violence, discrimination and criminalization with an Administration that has continued to champion a racist, white supremacist, xenophobic and Islamophobic agenda.

This is a chance for you to be seen as leaders who are pushing back on detrimental policies and championing issues identified by directly impacted and marginalized communities.

There is a short window of opportunity for us to pass a permanent solution before the end of the year in legislation that would benefit all those who qualified under DACA and potentially hundreds of thousands more: a clean Dream Act.

We hope you and your caucus seize this moment and become Dream Heroes in time for the winter holidays.

Sincerely,

United We Dream
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350.org
Action Group Network
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Alliance for Youth Action
America’s Voice
APIENC (API Equality – Northern California)
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Asian American Action Fund
Asian American Federation
Asian American Organizing Project
Asian American Resource Workshop
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
Asian Americans United
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Seattle chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC)
Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council
Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council
Asian Services In Action, Inc.
Asylee Women Enterprise
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
California Immigrant Policy Center
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Center for Popular Democracy
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC)
Chicago Votes
Chinese Community Center, Houston
Church World Service
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Congolese Development Center
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Courage Campaign
Daily Kos
Deeds Not Words
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Earthjustice
Engage Miami
Farmworker Justice
Florida Asian American Student Union
Forward Montana
Franciscan Action Network
Franciscan Peace Center
Franciscans,
T.O.R.
Friends Committee on Legislation of California
Friends of the Earth
HANA Center
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Impulse Group DC
Indivisible
Indivisible TxLege
International American Relief Society
International Center of Kentucky
International Institute of Akron
International Institute of Buffalo
International Institute of Minnesota
Khmer Girls in Action
League of United Latin American Citizens
League of United Latin American Citizens
Little Tokyo Service Center
Local Progress
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Mi Familia Vota
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
Movement Voter Project
Movement Voter Project
MoveOn
MPower Change
MQVN Community Development Corporation
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Muslim Public Affairs Council
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Employment Law Project
National Immigrant Justice Center
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National Tongan American Society
Nationalities Service Center
NEAT – the National Equality Action Team
New Era Colorado
New Mexico Asian Family Center
NextGen America
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership
Ohio Student Association
OneAmerica
Pantsuit Nation
ParentsTogether
ParentsTogether Action
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Presente.org
Pride at Work
Progress Texas
Progressive Democrats Of America
Raleigh Immigrant Community Inc.
SCOPE at Texas State
SLU Interfaith Alliance
South Asian Americans Leading Together
SOUTH ASIAN FUND FOR EDUCATION,SCHOLARSHIP AND TRAINING (SAFEST)
TABE Texas Association for Bilingual Education
Texas Democratic Party
The America Team for Displaced Eritreans
The Bus Project
The Reformed Church of Highland Park
Tovether We Will USA
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
UndocuBlack Network
UniPro (no American Unity for Progress, Inc.)
Wall of us
We Belong Together
Women’s March
Youth Co-Op, Inc.
YP4

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