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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Push Your Members of Congress to Support a Clean Dream Act and Avoid Hurting Us All More with a Government Shutdown

Last week, Donald Trump made it clear that he would much rather shut down the government than pass a clean Dream Act.

Despite ongoing negotiations with bipartisan lawmakers, Trump refuses to forward the search for a compromise and resolution to his own revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Alongside racist commentary towards Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, the President has rejected a bipartisan bill and is calling for a race-based immigration policy that would only further harm children and families in the U.S.

For the second time, the inconclusiveness of a solution for Dreamers brings about a looming government shutdown as Congress nears its deadline on passing a budget. If Congress cannot pass a clean Dream Act by January 19, the government may shut down. Much like the last shutdown in 2013, this would impact Americans all throughout the nation, especially immigrant and trans communities — and particularly trans immigrants.

A government shutdown means more than just congressional failure to pass a clean Dream Act; it means the uncertain future of 2.1 million immigrant youth and the President’s failure to value all American people. If he continues to veto proposed compromises and allows the government to shut down, we will truly see how Trump’s disdain for immigrant communities goes beyond racist comments and results in real problems for everyday Americans.

Read more at NCTE's Medium page.

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