ADL Deeply Disturbed by U.S. Senate's Failure to Protect Dreamers; Demands Passage of Clean Dream Act

New York, NY, February 16, 2018…In response to the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a narrow bipartisan compromise to protect Dreamers this week, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep disappointment in our nation’s failure to protect immigrant youth at risk of deportation.

Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO released the following statement:

President Trump unnecessarily created this crisis when he unlawfully rescinded DACA and upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and their families. Bipartisan solutions that would have protected Dreamers were rejected yesterday because of flagrant attempts by President Trump and nativist Senators to continue using Dreamers as hostages to advance mean-spirited anti-immigrant initiatives.

The majority of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. But, the administration and its supporters in Congress continue to use this manufactured crisis - and the anguish of nearly a million young people - to try to force through racist and extreme initiatives that would rip families apart and undermine the very essence of our nation’s core values.

It is shameful for a majority in Congress to leave the lives of Dreamers hanging in the balance one day longer. We demand that our elected leaders on both sides of the aisle find the courage to do the right thing - pass a clean bipartisan Dream Act solution now and refuse to permit bigotry and racism to control our immigration policy and further tarnish our history as a nation of immigrants.


ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.