Last November, right after the election, President Trump acknowledged that Dreamers "got brought here at a very young age, they've worked here, they've gone to school here." He went on to say "they're in never-never land because they don't know what is going to happen." Then he promised, "we're going to work something out that is going to make people happy and proud." Well, this week Trump announced his decision on Dreamers—and it did not make Americans "happy and proud." In fact, it was a sad and shameful day for our nation.
The overwhelming majority of the public—Democrats, Independents, and Republicans—support allowing these young people to remain in the only country they know—America. They came here as children, attended schools with our children, and pledged allegiance to America. They have done nothing wrong. In fact, in order to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), these young people have done everything America has asked of them. And now they are contributing to our economy and serving our nation in the Armed Forces.
It's gratuitously cruel for Trump and Attorney General Sessions to announce that these Dreamers will be subject to deportation six months from now. We must stop this injustice. The Senate and House must act immediately to pass the bipartisan Dream Act that has already been introduced. I am confident that if the Dream Act is put to a vote it will pass. There is no time to waste. Trump and Sessions have started the time bomb ticking on the Dreamers.
Here's my promise: I will fight to pass the Dream Act in Congress this month. But I need your help. Let’s speak out together—call, tweet, march, and fight every single day until we ensure justice is down. Share your story or the story of your neighbor. Let’s make sure this unconscionable decision doesn’t stand.