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CHC Calls on Republican Congressional Leaders to Protect Dreamers

Jan 8, 2018
Press Release
Every day that passes 122 DACA recipients become targets for deportation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the leadership of the CHC sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell urging them to pass legislation to protect Dreamers by January 19th.
 
As the Members stated in the letter, “As Members of Congress continue to work together to reach a consensus to fund our government by January 19th, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges you to pass legislation to protect Dreamers as soon as possible.”
 
They added, “Since the [DACA] program was terminated, 15,193 young people have lost these protections and fear possible deportation.  This trend will continue at a pace of 122 young people per day until Congress acts. It is absolutely critical that Congress take legislative action to protect Dreamers by January 19th.”
 
The letter was signed by: Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Caucus Chair; Rep. Joaquin Castro, Caucus First Vice Chair; Rep. Ruben Gallego, Caucus Second Vice Chair; Rep. Pete Aguilar, Caucus Whip; and Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Caucus Freshman Representative. See copy of letter here.
 
COPY OF LETTER
 
January 8, 2018
 
The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
H-232, U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
 
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
317 Russel Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell:
 
Today marks the return of Congress to complete a number of outstanding items for the American people.  As Members of Congress continue to work together to reach a consensus to fund our government by January 19th, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges you to pass legislation to protect Dreamers as soon as possible. Since the program was terminated, 15,193 young people have lost these protections and fear possible deportation.  This trend will continue at a pace of 122 young people per day until Congress acts. It is absolutely critical that Congress take legislative action to protect Dreamers by January 19th.
 
On September 5, 2017, President Trump ended the broadly supported Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  This vital program has allowed approximately 800,000 young people to live, work, go to school and contribute to the only country they have ever known. More than 80 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for these young people.  And for good reason, if the program is terminated, the U.S. GDP would lose an estimated $460.3 billion over the next 10 years.  This would be devastating to our economy at a time when the administration is touting economic growth.  
 
We have had months of bipartisan Dream bills introduced and bipartisan discussions.  These young people have lived in uncertainty and limbo for too long.  As negotiations continue, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls on you to ensure that a permanent fix is provided to these young people by January 19th. 
 
Sincerely,                                 
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
 
Media Contact:
Carlos Paz Jr.
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