No Dream, no CR

To the editor:

On Sept. 5, President Trump announced that he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This Obama-era program provides relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 “Dreamers” are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to deportation.

There is bipartisan support for the Dream Act in both the Senate and House. And the bill enjoys massive support from the American public. Now that Donald Trump has yanked protection away from immigrant youth, it is up to Congress to take action. Every day that goes by is a day in which the lives of immigrant youth remain at risk.

I’m asking my Senator Amy Klobuchar to become a Dream Hero now!

Who are Dream Heroes? They are members of Congress who pledge to fight alongside Dreamers. On Dec. 8, Congress voted to kick the can down the road two weeks by passing a short-term funding bill. If they haven’t passed the Dream Act by December 22, when this short-term funding bill expires, then a Dream Hero will insist on including the Dream Act as part of the final December spending bill. Senator Klobuchar, please pledge that you will only commit to vote on a “continuing resolution” that has the Dream Act attached. A vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act, is a vote to deport Dreamers. So take a stand: no Dream, no CR.

Heather Bregel

New Ulm

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