Tell Congress: Pass Permanent Protections for Immigrant Youth

2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of the announcement of the DACA program, a transformational policy which has allowed more than 825,000 immigrant youth to pursue their work and educational dreams, better provide for themselves and their loved ones, and contribute more fully to their communities.

DACA’s impact is enormous and reaching this significant 10-year milestone is a testament to the power, organizing, and tenacity of immigrant youth who advocated for and defended DACA throughout the past decade.

At the same time, because we have arrived at a decade of DACA with no permanent protection or pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth and their loved ones, the past 10 years have also meant chronic uncertainty and stress for DACA recipients. Living life in two-year increments or from court decision to court decision destabilizes our communities and stops people from living to their fullest potential.

Despite many promises over the past years, Congress has yet to deliver permanent protections for DACA recipients. If you stand with immigrant youth, now is the time to make it clear to Congress that they must act. We do not need any vague statements of support or delays; we need action on permanent protection before the end of this year.

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Dear {Senator Name / Representative Name},
As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to stand with immigrant youth and take immediate action to pass permanent protections for DACA recipients. While DACA has allowed more than 825,000 people to live without fear of deportation and to pursue educational and professional dreams, it only offers temporary protection.
Without a permanent solution, DACA recipients have spent a decade living life in limbo. Forcing young people who are ready and eager to pursue their dreams and contribute to this country to live their lives in two-year increments is cruel and shortsighted.
Everyone regardless of status benefits when people can live their lives to their fullest potential. This is clear to most Americans who support permanent protections for DACA recipients. In fact, 70% of likely voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
I am urging you, as my representative, to lead courageously so that Congress can finally deliver on permanent protections for immigrant youth within the year. We cannot wait any longer.
Thank you.