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This Thursday, February 8, Congress will vote on a fifth continuing resolution (CR) that will determine whether the government stays open or shuts down. With 122 DACA recipients losing protected status each day, some Democrats are hoping to use the spending deadline to force a vote on an immigration bill that will guarantee a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients or even the larger DREAMer population. On January 19, Senate Democrats managed to shut down the government over DACA, giving them leverage over negotiations with Trump and Senate Republican leadership. However, within 69 hours, they caved, passing a new CR and punting the issue down to February 8.
But there is no way to avoid this crisis anymore. Members of Congress passionate about immigration on both sides of the aisle are pressuring party leadership to make a deal on DACA, though nothing remotely passable has materialized yet, mainly since the Trump administration wants to use this negotiation to fundamentally reshape America’s immigration system in line with the priorities of anti-immigration hate groups.
Jordan Valerie discussed this complicated situation with three DREAMers – Jung Bin Cho, Immigration Rights Fellow at the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium; Juan Escalante, Digital Campaigns Manager for America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund; and Ciriac Alvarez, Utahn organizer and writer – as well as Inhe Choi, Executive Director of the Hana Center.
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Make sure to follow our guests online:
You can find Jung Bin Cho on Twitter @jungbin618.
You can find Ciriac Alvarez on Twitter @ciriacisbeth and her website.
You can find Juan Escalante on Twitter @JuanSaaa and his website.
You can find the Hana Center on Twitter @HANACenter, Facebook, and their website.
And take action to defend DACA recipients and fight for a clean DREAM Act by checking out United We Dream’s toolkit.