House and Senate Punt on Key Priorities; Immigrant Youth Will Escalate Drive to Pass Dream Act by End of Year

United We Dream Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, both houses of Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to enable the government to continue functioning for the next two weeks, punting on key priorities like the Dream Act. The vote comes just hours after Trump met with Congressional leaders on year-end priorities as immigrant youth rallied outside.

The vote sets the stage for two weeks of intense activism for the Dream Act as millions of immigrant youth are vulnerable to deportation and of those who are protected, 122 lose it every day and 11,304 have lost protection since Trump killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Adrian Reyna, Director of Membership for United We Dream and potential Dream Act beneficiary said,

“Tonight, members of Congress chose to make more immigrant youth vulnerable to deportation. They must end the delays and deliver a clean Dream Act by the end of the year!

“Since Trump killed DACA, immigrant youth from across the country have traveled to Washington to demand a clean Dream Act nearly every single day.

“Our message to congress: we are escalating our campaign for a clean Dream Act and we will bring the crisis of our uncertainty to your doorstep. Congress has an opportunity to deliver protection for immigrant youth which is supported by the vast majority of Americans and we will hold accountable any politician of any party who stands in the way.”