Press Release

AFT on the BRIDGE Act, a Bipartisan Bill to Protect Dreamers

For Release: 

Friday, January 13, 2017


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the introduction of the bipartisan BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow Our Economy) Act, to provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for undocumented children 15 and older, if they came to the United States as children:

“Teenagers who arrived in our country as youngsters and have lived in the United States without issue must be assured they can live, drive, continue their education, work and pursue their dreams in the United States without fear of detention or deportation. The BRIDGE Act is one of the few pieces of legislation in the past few years that has been embraced by Republicans and Democrats alike and should be passed and signed into law. This legislation would give hundreds of thousands of Dreamers a temporary reprieve from deportation to keep their families intact, allow them to continue their education and work, and allow them to continue to pursue their dreams. The AFT strongly supports this legislation and hopes it becomes law quickly.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.