The Virginia interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) stands with recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA-holders are teenagers and young adults who have grown up and been educated in the U.S. They are teachers, lawyers, dentists, entrepreneurs and serve in our nation’s military. About 12,000 are Virginians: neighbors, friends, family members, parents and children.

Tuesday’s Justice Department announcement introduces these vital students, workers and parents to an uncertain future with a great deal of anxiety. The announcement also creates an opportunity for the U.S. Congress to pass a real legislative solution within the next six months.

We stand in support of the Dream Act while advocating for relief for currently excluded undocumented people.

DACA has always been a tenuous program for those eligible, and far too many members of our communities are left out. VICPP urges Congress to take this opportunity to pass legislation that should have been passed years ago to reform our immigration system.

This six-month deadline announced today leaves no time to delay. Click here to sign a petition calling on Congress to pass the DREAM act and broader immigration reform to end the 1996 bars to U.S. citizenship keeping 11 million people in the shadows.