Standing With Dreamers

Congressman Gerry Connolly
2017-09-05 19:21:00
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Dear Neighbor,

Today, the President took the first step towards ending DACA for more than 800,000 Dreamers. This is a moral outrage.

Dreamers are Americans. They're not pawns, they're not aliens. They embrace the best of America. To uproot them violates our own values.

800,000 Dreamers would contribute $460.3 billion to our GDP and $24.6 billion to Social Security and Medicare over the next decade. Here in Northern Virginia, more than 12,000 Dreamers contribute more than $711.4 million to our annual GDP. It is self-defeating to disrupt their economic contributions.

The Trump administration's action is ugly and un-American. This week, I will be offering an amendment to the government funding bill that would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from using sensitive information submitted through the DACA program for deportation proceedings. I have supported in the past and will continue to advocate for Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. These young people benefit our communities and deserve better.

Sincerely,

Gerald E. Connolly
Member of Congress

P.S. Today I spoke with .

 
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