Letter: Dreamers need protections, in Georgia and nationally

There are more than 25,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients living in Georgia who recently marked the Sept. 5, 2017, anniversary of the rescission of the program protecting them.

While courts have temporarily kept DACA in place, these recipients are living in uncertainty. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments regarding DACA this November. We need to find a solution urgently.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act, a bill providing permanent Dreamer protections, in June. It's now up to the U.S. Senate to pass this bipartisan bill, or legislation like the DREAM Act that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has sponsored, and send it to the president's desk so that DACA recipients can continue to contribute to our communities and economy.

We can also enact change locally, as I'm for passing legislation that helps the Dreamers I represent, those who I go to church with and who frequent my restaurants.

For example, Georgia's DACA recipients aren't eligible for in-state tuition at our public colleges and universities. These young people grew up here and pay taxes that help fund these schools, yet they're not treated as such. I support legislation that would treat Georgia's Dreamers as the in-state students they are -- because it's the right thing to do and it will help keep more Dreamers in Georgia working and starting businesses here.

I ask our senators to pass legislation protecting Dreamers, and I hope Georgians will join me in making our state more equitable for them.

Kasey Carpenter

Dalton

Georgia House of Representatives District 4

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