A letter to President Barack Obama signed today by 64 Democratic members of the House of Representatives is calling for the President to pardon Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients before a Donald Trump administration enters the White House.
The letter (pictured below) started by addressing a White House response to a previous letter that pardoning close to 750,000 DACA recipients would not grant legal status to Dreamers, a point reiterated by Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, in a recent podcast.
After that point was explained, the letter stated the following: “We ask for the narrow reprieve of a retroactive and prospective pardon of categorical civil immigration violations for a unique group of immigrants who have placed their trust in both you as their President and us as their lawmakers. To be clear we are not asking you to ‘create legal status.’
In 2012, President Obama announced the DACA program through executive action, and since then, about 750,000 Dreamers have received two-year work permits and a shield from deportation. President-elect Trump has already promised to reverse Obama’s DACA action. He also said he would deport two to three million undocumented immigrants.
Last week, POLITICO reported that Republican senator Lindsey Graham (SC) “is readying legislation that would extend legal protections for previously undocumented immigrants who came here as children.”
Here is the full letter with all 64 signatures.