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Bipartisan approach needed to find permanent solution for Dreamers

Hundreds of DACA recipients continue to lose protected status without Congressional action


WASHINGTON - November 28, 2017 -

President Donald Trump announced today on Twitter that he would not negotiate with lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the fate of the year-end agenda, which could include finding a permanent solution for Dreamers.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“The time to go beyond politics and come to a real, bipartisan solution to address our nation’s pressing issues is now. Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi are right to call out Donald Trump for his unproductive, partisan, unilateral and racist statement today.

“The stakes are high—more than 10,000 DACA-recipients have lost their protected status due completely to the cruel and unnecessary action by Donald Trump to revoke that protection. And hundreds more will lose DACA protection with each day that goes by without Congressional action on the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.

“There is no time to waste—time and again, Trump has made it clear that he does not want to craft a bipartisan solution to the self-made growing crisis of daily deportations and therefore should not be part of the negotiations.

‘We urge Democratic leaders Schumer and Pelosi to work with Republican leaders McConnell and Ryan – and the many rank and file members of both parties that want – to get a bipartisan deal done. Let’s get this deal done for our Dreamers before Congress goes home for the holidays.”

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