Featured Issue: Protect Dreamers

Following the Trump administration's rescission of DACA, there has been increasing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to pass a permanent legislative solution protecting Dreamers. Americans have long shown overwhelming support for protecting Dreamers - recent polls show that 86% Americans want to Dreamers to be able to stay in the country. Dreamers make America a better and stronger nation, and it's time for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect them from deportation and secure them a future as Americans.

On March 13, 2018, members of Congress led by Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) introduced a “queen of the hill” resolution. H.Res.774 would require the U.S. House of Representatives to debate four bills: The Dream Act of 2017 (H.R. 3440), Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act of 2018 (H.R. 4796), Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future (H.R. 4760), and an immigration bill of Speaker Ryan’s choice.

On May 9, 2018, Representative Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a discharge petition on the Queen of the Hill Resolution. If a majority of the House of Representatives signs the petition – or 218 members of Congress – then the petition would the House to vote on the queen of the hill resolution.

Speak Out in Support of Dreamers

AILA members and advocates are encouraged to urge their legislators to protect Dreamers. AILA's online Take Action tool makes it easy to send a prepared email to members of Congress:

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, which AILA supports. Read AILA Policy Brief: How Dreamer Protection Bills Measure Up

Practice Assistance Resources

AILA has issued a practice alert filing DACA renewal applications in the wake of the California District Court order in Regents of the University of California v. DHS, which directed DHS to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the September 5, 2017, rescission of DACA, including allowing DACA enrollees to renew their enrollments, with certain exceptions.

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.

Government Announcements and Memos since September 5, 2017

Litigation Challenging DACA Rescission

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17072035.