GLAAD: It is unconscionable for lawmakers to leave DC for the holidays without passing the Dream Act

Approximately 122 immigrant youth lose their DACA protections and become vulnerable to deportation every day Congress delays action

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today condemned the U.S. Congress for deprioritizing the urgent need for a clean Dream Act before holiday recess, which would protect immigrant youth from deportation and provide a pathway to citizenship after the Trump administration revoked the DACA program.

“With every delay more and more immigrant youth, including many LGBTQ youth, are exposed to racial targeting by ICE and deportations to places they have never even called home in the first place,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “Ignoring the urgent need for a clean Dream Act is unconscionable and feeds into the Trump administration’s full embrace of a violent, out-of-touch ideology of xenophobia and white supremacy.”

Every day the Congress delays action, approximately 122 immigrant youth lose their DACA protections and became vulnerable to deportation. The DACA program allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other federal government requirements, to receive a temporary work permit and protection from deportation for a renewable two-year period. According to the Williams Institute, there are approximately 75,000 LGBTQ DREAMers living in the United States with about 36,000 who have participated in the DACA program. A poll conduct by Morning Consult this September showed that nearly 8 out of 10 Americans supported allowing DREAMers to permanently remain in this country.