Gender Spectrum calls on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act

Sep 06, 2017

In response to the order by the Trump administration calling for an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Gender Spectrum warns that this move, while harming all Dreamers in the program, will be especially harmful to those children and youth who identify and/or express their gender outside of traditional assumptions regarding gender.  

DACA gives undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 protection from deportation. An end to the program could force Transgender and Non-binary children and youth to return to countries where they have not lived since they were younger children, and in some cases where their lives could be in jeopardy. According to the Williams Institute, of the nearly 800,000 children currently protected by DACA, there are as many as 75,000 LGBT Dreamers in the U.S. who could be at risk from the administration’s plan.

Gender Spectrum denounces the rescission of DACA and calls on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act.  

“Adults have a moral and ethical obligation to protect youth. The decision announced by the administration today to rescind DACA intentionally harms, rather than protects these children who have done nothing wrong,” said Lisa Kenney, Executive Director of Gender Spectrum. “These children are our neighbors, students in our classes, players on our local youth sports teams, members of our faith and cultural communities. They are not a threat, but they themselves are threatened by this action. We call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act and prevent thousands of people from being deported in potentially deadly dislocations.”

Please reach out to your government officials and let them know you want them to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act. The names of your members of Congress and their contact information can be found here.