Pope Francis said if President Trump is truly “pro-life,” he should allow young immigrants to stay in the U.S. (Sept. 11, 2017)
The Trump administration has utterly failed to show "great heart" when dealing with "Dreamers," young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children who have been vetted and granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection ("Maryland 'dreamers,' officials react to Trump's DACA move," Sept. 5). By rescinding the program, more than 800,000 lives and livelihoods are now threatened. This was a terrible decision, not just for DACA recipients and their families but for American businesses and communities who depend on these creative, committed young people and their talents to succeed.
The Trump administration has made the wrong choice, but Congress can step up and make it right. I'm calling on Congress, specifically the Representatives quoted in your article, my own Congressman, Jamie Raskin, along with Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin to actively move legislation forward that will protect Dreamers, like the bipartisan Dream Act, and make our country stronger. Don't wait any longer. America is watching.
Lindsay M. Harris, Bethesda
The writer is assistant professor of law and co-director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the UDC-David A. Clarke School of Law