Monday, July 19, 2021
A coalition of 500 presidents and chancellors issued a statement urging Congress to immediately pass legislation to protect DACA recipients and other DREAMers left vulnerable by a federal court ruling suspending DACA for new applicants.
Three pieces of legislation that would accomplish this goal have been introduced in the current session of Congress: as part of the Citizenship Act of 2021, the Dream and Promise Act of 2021, and as part of the budget reconciliation process.
Jose Magaña-Salgado, DACA Recipient and Director of Policy and Communications for the Presidents’ Alliance, stated: “As an individual with DACA for nearly a decade, I respond with mixed-feelings to today’s decision. While I am heartened that the court will permit the administration to continue to accept renewal applications, I am saddened by the court’s decision that prevents the approval of initial applications–both previously filed and those filed in the future. Today’s decision demonstrates, once again, that DACA remains on the knife’s edge and that Congress must act swiftly to provide a permanent roadmap to citizenship for undocumented youth and students. This includes over 181k DACA-eligible students enrolled in higher education. For students in higher education, DACA represents a vital lifeline to workforce development, professional licensing, and the ability to enter and thrive in their desired career field.”