Featured Issue: Protect Dreamers

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of the DACA program. The announcement, which has endangered the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers, came after Texas and other states threatened to file a lawsuit if the program was not rescinded. In a press statement, AILA condemned the administration's decision, with AILA President Annaluisa Padilla stating, "Congress must take up the mantle that President Trump has cast aside and champion Dreamers before time runs out."

Americans have shown overwhelming support for protecting Dreamers, and there is increasing pressure on the President and Congress to reach across the aisle and pass a permanent legislative solution. Help AILA keep the pressure on by telling Congress to act now and pass the bipartisan, bicameral Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440), to protect Dreamers from deportation. Read about legislative efforts to protect Dreamers.

AILA has issued a practice alert that explains what the announcement means, what we know about the implementation of the rescission, and how to advise clients who currently hold DACA. The American Immigration Council also issued a practice advisory designed to assist attorneys in determining whether DACA recipients might be eligible for other immigration benefits.

Please also widely share AILA's consumer advisory (available in English and Spanish) explaining what individuals need to know about the end of DACA.

Additional practice assistance resources:

Speak Out in Support of Dreamers

Over the next several weeks, and culminating during the week of November 13, 2017, AILA members across the country will tell Congress loudly and clearly that it's time to pass a clean Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440)! Activities include in-district visits and calls to key congressional offices, press and media work by AILA chapters, and a Tweetstorm!

Other ways to speak out in support of Dreamers:

Legislative Efforts to Protect Dreamers

Congressional members from both political parties have introduced legislation that would protect Dreamers. Below are a few of those bills, including the bipartisan, bicameral Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440), which AILA supports.

The following resources explain the differences between certain legislative proposals:

DACA Renewal Rejections Due to Mail Issues

Government Announcements and Memos from September 5, 2017

Litigation Challenging DACA Rescission

In the lawsuit Challenging DAPA and DACA Expansion states filed notice voluntarily dismissing the case on September 7, 2017.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17072035.