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Beer & Politics: Stop DACA repeal

This week (August 6) we will be partnering with Buncombe County Young Democrats to write to our representatives about the administrations’s plan to repeal the DACA program. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigrant policy enacted under the Obama administration in June 2012. DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

The policy was created after acknowledgment that these students had been largely raised in the United States, and was seen as a way to remove immigration enforcement attention from “low priority” individuals with good behavior. Now as part of his anti-immigrant policy, the president has signaled his intention to do away with this program.

But there are many in his party who are not going along with his plan, including our Senator Tillis, who “is reportedly assembling a ‘conservative’ DREAM Act offering amnesty to existing DACA recipients. The bill would create a “path to permanent residency,” to 800,000 young people who received work permits under DACA. If similar to a companion bill introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), up to 2.5 million young people would be [eligible for] green cards and citizenship if they are able to get a college degree, serve in the military, or keep a job.”

Beer & Politics is a fun, easy, and educational way to reach out and make our voices heard. Drop by THE BLOCK off broadway after work Wednesday any time between 5:30 and 7:30. We’ll supply fact sheets on this week’s topics, plus address labels, postcards, stationery, envelopes, and stamps.