Proposed Protections for DACA Recipients
Congress is moving to introduce bipartisan legislation that would maintain protections for the approximately 750,000 young undocumented recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The temporary relief program is at risk of being terminated under the incoming administration. If enacted, The BRIDGE Act would allow those who currently have DACA status and those eligible for the program to continue living and working in the United States with permission from the U.S. government.
Since 2012 the DACA program has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth by freeing them to come out of the shadows and live up to their God-given potential. Suddenly terminating this program without replacement would be a grave injustice. DACA recipients are among our worship leaders, our kids’ teachers, our nurses, our journalists, and our mechanics. They are integral members of this country. The termination of this program would have devastating impacts on our communities, the people we love, and our economy. It would make over 750,000 people suddenly unemployed and eligible for deportation.
While we advocate for continued protections for DACA recipients, we also recognize the blessing that all other immigrants are to the U.S., and we urge Congress to enact more just immigration laws.