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18LTR-DACA on Dec 20, 2017

Letter: Letter from 11 Governors to Congressional leadership
Source: Letter from 11 Governors to Congressional leadership
Nearly 800,000 young people eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA)--known as "Dreamers"--played no role in the decision to come here and they have known no other home but the United States.

Already, more than 12,000 Dreamers have lost their protective status and are susceptible to deportation. This is not a theoretical peril, but in fact an immediate and urgent one, because more than 100 young people in our cities and towns are losing their protective status every day. Those numbers will accelerate dramatically without a legislative fix.

We stand with these young American immigrants not only because it is good for our communities and a strong American 21st century economy, but also because it is the right thing for our nation to do. DACA recipients have subjected themselves to extensive background and security checks in order to work and attend college. They are studying at our universities. They are working to support themselves and their families, paying taxes and contributing to their communities in a myriad of ways. In the absence of congressional action providing for a permanent resolution, the termination of DACA puts these young people and their families in peril, and will destabilize our schools, workplaces and communities.

We recognize the complexities and challenges created by this issue, but swift, successful action is needed, action that can build momentum to reassure policymakers that progress on other immigration challenges is possible as well. As a bipartisan coalition of governors, we stand ready to help.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 4.
  • Headline: Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 4 on Immigration: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
    • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
    • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
    • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
    • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 18LTR-DACA

Steve Bullock s1sMT Democratic Governor 
Roy Cooper s1sNC Democratic 2016 Gubernatorial candidate 
Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
John Hickenlooper s1sCO Democratic Governor 
Tom Wolf s1sPA Democratic Governor 



Republicans participating in 18LTR-DACA

Charlie Baker s1sMA Republican Governor 
Gary Herbert s1sUT Republican Governor 
John Kasich s1sOH Republican Governor 
Brian Sandoval s1sNV Republican Governor 
Phil Scott s1sVT Republican challenger for Governor 



Independents participating in 18LTR-DACA

Bill Walker s1sAK Independent Governor 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 5
Independents: 1


















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