Official Statement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

Baltimore, Maryland – On January 30th, 2018, the College Democrats of Maryland sent a letter to Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen demanding their immediate action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act of 2017.

Within the state of Maryland, eight thousand DACA recipients are a vibrant part of our community. They are students, taxpayers, educators, servicemembers, business owners, and, above all, Americans. Dreamers have displayed time and again their perseverance and dedication to this country. As Democrats, we owe it to them to be their voice in Congress and fight for their protection by passing the Dream Act, regardless of the political costs. Democrats have long fought for the expansion of civil rights and human rights. For Democrats to retreat on DACA is a betrayal to the very values we claim to champion.

Currently, roughly 120 Dreamers lose their DACA status each day, and thousands more are living in fear of detainment and deportation. While this issue continues to grow, Republican leadership has displayed a flagrant pattern of inaction and broken promises on immigration reform.

The College Democrats of Maryland urge Senators Cardin and Van Hollen to continue to stand up for Maryland Dreamers and vote against a Continuing Resolution on February 8th until the Senate holds a vote on DACA. We also urge Senators Cardin and Van Hollen to continue supporting a clean Dream Act with a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. We cannot wait any longer because Dreamers cannot wait any longer. The Dream Act and DACA recipients deserve a vote now.

We thank Senators Cardin and Van Hollen for continuing to be a strong voice for all Marylanders in the United States Senate, and we look forward to their continued work on this important issue.

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For more information on the College Democrats of Maryland, please contact our Director of Communications, Mai Do, at collegedemocratsofmaryland@gmail.com.

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