Judge Hanen Blocks New DACA Applicants. Dreamers and Business Leaders Urge Senate To Immediately Pass Durbin-Graham Dream Act

AUSTIN, TEXAS — U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to block first-time DACA applicants and placing DACA renewals in jeopardy has given the U.S. Senate the urgency it needs to pass the bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act of 2021. 

Immigration solutions like the Dream Act will strengthen America’s economy by expanding our workforce, bringing certainty to dreamers, families and employers, and helping communities thrive.

Inaction is not acceptable in 2021

Next week, the American Business Immigration Coalition is leading a week of action in Washington, D.C. and across the country to urge elected officials from both parties to pass the Dream Act and immigration solutions through bipartisanship or reconciliation. 

Bob Worsley, ABIC co-chair and former Arizona Republican State Senator, said: “Now is the time for Lindsey Graham and John Cornyn to step up and lead on the Graham/Durbin Dream Act and bipartisan solutions or get out of the way and let the Democrats do legalization through reconciliation.”  

Juan Carlos Cerda, Dreamer and Director, Texas Business Immigration Coalition, said: “As a result of Judge Hanen’s decision, many DACA-eligible Dreamers will not get the chance to utilize their American education and come out of the shadows to the detriment of their families, communities, and our economy. Congress must pass the Dream Act that ends our eternal uncertainty and allows us to continue giving back to the American people.” 

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