COMMUNITY CALLS ON SENATOR THOM TILLIS TO DELIVER PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT DREAMERS
RALEIGH, NC – On Wednesday, December 14, at 10:00 am, North Carolina Dreamers, elected officials and business leaders will hold a press conference outside the Raleigh office of Senator Thom Tillis to support passage of a bipartisan immigration package introduced by him and Sen. Sinema (D-AZ).
This legislation would provide a path to citizenship for the approximately 2 million Dreamers: undocumented youth brought to the US. when they were kids. Some, but not all, have been allowed to stay, work, and study here legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
During the press conference, the media will hear directly from Dreamers, elected officials and business leaders about the impact a path to citizenship would have on their lives and the future of our country.
WHAT: Press conference urging Senator Thom Tillis to act to pass a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
- ELECTED OFFICIAL
- BUSINESS LEADER
WHEN: Wednesday, December 14 at 10 am
WHERE: Outside the office of Senator Thom Tillis in Raleigh, NC (310 New Bern Avenue Suite 122 Raleigh, NC 27601)
The success of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has unlocked the economic potential of nearly 800,000 people, allowing them to contribute to our economy, start families, buy homes, access health care, build businesses and bring their talents to the industry. sectors where they are most needed. Three-quarters of DACA participants in the workforce (343,000 people) are essential workers. Of those, 34,000 provide healthcare services and 11,000 work tirelessly to keep our hospital and clinic facilities running. As our nation faces a teacher shortage, 20,000 DACA recipients are working with children in classrooms across the country. Approximately 100,000 DACA recipients work in the nation’s food supply chain, roles that are more important than ever in the wake of COVID disruptions.
But for too long, DACA participants have been vulnerable to government indecision that has kept their lives in legal limbo and filled them with anxiety and uncertainty. And DACA’s strict deadlines miss thousands of people who need it. More than 427,000 undocumented students are currently enrolled in post-secondary institutions, and of these, less than half (181,000) are eligible for DACA. Similarly, each year nearly 100,000 undocumented students graduate from US high schools, but only a quarter are eligible for DACA.
DACA has been a transformative program for both its recipients and this country, showing why expanding opportunity for immigrants is good for all of America, but it’s not enough. Now is the time to build on the success of DACA and pass bipartisan legislation that provides a path to citizenship for all Dreamers, with or without DACA. The future of our country depends on it.