Budget Agreement without DREAM Act Means More Deportations

January 22, 2018
Sophie Vodvarka
Communications Coordinator
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Communities stand in solidarity as Congress kicks solutions down the road yet again

(Chicago, IL - January 22, 2018)  Today a budget proposal was reached by Congress to end the federal government shutdown without a DREAM Act, legislation which would provide a pathway to citizenship for over 800,000 immigrants whose DACA protections are rapidly running out.  

“We are very disappointed that Congress voted to fund the government without a DREAM Act. Immigrant families are stuck in limbo waiting for protections and they cannot wait ANY longer,” said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “We are counting on Sen. Durbin and the rest of our congressional delegation to show their leadership and hold Senate majority leader McConnell to his promise to move DREAM Act legislation forward and to push Speaker Ryan to get that legislation out of the House. Delay means deportations.”