DACA Call to Action: DREAM Act Now!
As ALAS expands its work and efforts to advance and support federal education policy that supports and strengthens public education, we are closely following the very current conversation around Congress reaching a final resolution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. WE NEED YOUR HELP! See how you can make an impact.
ALAS Supports DREAM Act
In 2018, ALAS will be expanding its work and focus on federal advocacy. Given the impact that federal policy has on our members, their districts and the students they serve, it’s important our voice and priorities are heard and reflected in these policies. To that end, we will start with an advocacy effort focused on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA was a program created by President Obama through executive order. When President Trump announced the end of DACA protections for young people brought here as minors, he started a six-month clock for Congress to resolve this issue. That timeline expires in March, meaning Congress has less than two months to find common ground. Democrats are interested in a clean DACA deal, the DREAM Act, a piece of legislation that provides a path to citizenship. ALAS supports the DREAM Act. Republicans are interested in expanding the conversation to include some of their broader immigration priorities, including money to build a portion of the wall, ending chain migration, and a few other things. A bipartisan group of Congress is expected to meet the week of January 8, and that should give a good indication of if a bi-partisan deal can move forward.
ALAS will issue a call to action—background information, talking points, and contact information—asking our members to weigh in with Congress. Be on the lookout for that resource later this month!
ALAS Statement on DACA
ALAS fundamentally opposes the action to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, and we condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Read our statement.