Yale joins call to Congress to pass permanent protection for Dreamers

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Yale and other institutions of higher education have signed a letter from the American Council on Education to congressional leaders calling for bipartisan legislation to provide permanent protection for so-called Dreamers (PDF), “young, undocumented, high-achieving individuals brought to our country as children.�

The letter notes that it has been two years since the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. While the Supreme Court will soon consider DACA, it says, “regardless of the Court’s decision, legislative action will remain necessary. … We respectfully urge you to come together on a bipartisan basis to address this challenge by doing the right thing for these outstanding young people and for our country.� (Read the full text of the letter here.)

Dreamers, the letter says, “are educated and grew up with American values and traditions, making them American in every way except in immigration status. They work and pay taxes. They serve in the military and teach in our schools. And tens of thousands of Dreamers have earned or are striving to earn a college degree in institutions across the country. …

“If we are unable to provide opportunities for these individuals to fully contribute to our nation,� the letter continues, “we will be shutting the door to an entire generation of individuals who seek to contribute their best to America.�

The letter is addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.