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Letter to the House on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

June 06, 2013

Dear Representative: 

On behalf of the 3 million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we wish to express our strong opposition to today’s vote on the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to deny funding for implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  

DACA protects children from deportation by offering them temporary status so they may lawfully work as they endeavor to reach their full educational and career potential. Today’s vote aimed at hundreds of thousands of “DREAMers” runs counter to the best values of our nation — protecting the most vulnerable among us, especially innocent children simply seeking opportunity and the chance to fully contribute to the country they know and cherish.  

The path forward for our country, and in the national debate on comprehensive immigration reform, should include everyone who is ready to contribute, grow and enrich our future — that includes the innocent children who DACA seeks to protect. We strongly urge the House to undo this wrong-headed decision when the Homeland Security appropriations measure faces a final vote later this year.  

Sincerely, 

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations