The Ending of DACA: Lawsuits and Legislative Fantasies
There has been a lot of response to the Trump administration ending DACA this past Tuesday including a lawsuit I saw on my Twitter feed last night from the National Immigration Law Center. What caught my eye was what NILC wrote to introduce the lawsuit:
They’re ending #DACA? Then we’re suing.
While legal advocates, the faith community, immigration advocates, and the Dreamers themselves look for ways to challenge the ending of DACA, it’s more important than ever to pressure Congress to pass a bill before approximately 785,000 Dreamers lose their benefits. According to this NPR article, Congress already has several bills pending – the DREAM Act, Recognizing America’s Children (ACT), the American Hope Act, and the Bridge Act. However, it would almost take a legislative fantasy for one of them to get enacted before the 6 month deadline President Trump has imposed.
In order to make this legislative fantasy become a legislative solution, I would encourage people to carefully read NPR’s rundown on the 4 bills and then throw their support behind one or all of them. Each bill has its pluses and minuses but I have been seeing mounting support from advocacy groups, such as the NYIC, who are backing the Bridge Act, and am also seeing growing bipartisan support for the DREAM Act 2017. I would also encourage advocates to become better versed on what yesterday’s announcement on the rescinding of DACA means. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has put out this Community Advisory and the immigration practice group at Ithaca’s local law firm, Miller Mayer, put together this article.
It’s time for action. If you are in Tompkins County or the surrounding area, make a call to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, (202) 224-4451, Senator Charles Schumer, (202) 224-6542, and Representative Tom Reed, (202) 225-3161 and throw your support behind one of the bills going through Congress. Implore them to work across the aisle. Also, inform them if you are a registered voter and live in their district. If you live in a different district, you can reach your Congressional Representatives and Senators by calling the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Six months isn’t a long time so pressure needs to come quickly if we want Congress to act in a non-partisan way and come up with a legislative solution together.