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The Bridge Act is proposed legislation that will extend the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Over 700,000 undocumented youth have received DACA, 7,000 of whom live in South Carolina. All DACA youth came to the US as children. They have graduated from our high schools, speak English, and strongly identify as American. In our state, DACA allows them to go to a public college or university, so it has real implications for them, their families and our statewide community. SC Senator Lindsey Graham co-authored the Bridge Act.
Click the link below to send your message of support! Your name will appear on a letter (see the text of the letter below) which will be sent to members of South Carolina's Congressional Delegation.
Dear members of South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation,
As business, civic, religious, and non-profit organizations and community leaders dedicated to the strength and stability of South Carolina communities, we urgently call on South Carolina's members of Congress to work with the incoming Administration to pass the BRIDGE Act introduced by Senator Graham. This legislation will protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients and their families.
We have seen strong statewide support for South Carolina youth with DACA and their families. These young South Carolinians are enthusiastically pursuing their education, dedicating their skills and entrepreneurial spirit, and becoming leaders in their communities. DACA has provided these hard-working young South Carolinians and their families with a measure of stability. They are a critical part of our state’s social and economic fabric and are actively contributing to local communities and economies.
We strongly urge you to preserve DACA through the BRIDGE Act, so that these important community members can continue to work hard as teachers, health care professionals, accountants, counselors, and small-business owners. Retaining DACA is the right choice, both morally and economically. It protects the human dignity of these youth, despite where they were born. The BRIDGE Act will secure the safety of those with DACA and their families will continue to uplift the many young people who want to put their talents to use and give back to the only country they know as home.
Sincerely, Your Name and Your Organization or Occupation