Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced legislation in the House called the BRIDGE Act to protect the nearly 800,000 young people currently protected from deportation and able to work because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). The bill is the House companion to a BRIDGE Act introduced in the Senate by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL). Additionally, Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) introduced legislation to protect the confidentiality of DACA applicants and their families.
Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said,
“My sister and I are protected from deportation because of the DACA program while my mom is undocumented and at increased risk of deportation. DACA has benefitted our entire family and millions of others just like us.”
“The bills introduced today are a testament to the urgency of defending the DACA program and a signal of the broad support for saving it and protecting nearly 800,000 young people from deportation and enabling us to go to earn an income and help our families.”
“Saving DACA is morally, politically and economically right and General John Kelly has a decision to make: if confirmed as DHS Secretary, he will he save the program or break the trust that millions of people have placed in his agency by terminating the program?”
“I, and the members of United We Dream, are committed to protecting ALL of our people — our parents, family and community members — from deportation and criminalization. We expect political leaders who support immigrants to stand up for the DACA program and stand firm in rejecting mass deportation and increased enforcement.”