This letter was published in the Omaha World-Herald‘s Public Pulse section on March 4, 2018.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to take up the appeal for an earlier determination of the president’s cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, leaving cases before the lower courts.
It is yet another day’s story in the months and years our nation has struggled to determine the fate of the Dreamers. Although the program now remains in place as the legal challenges wind through the court system, the long-term issues remain unresolved.
Hundreds of these young DACA recipients who arrived here as children live in Omaha and our surrounding communities. You know them; they are our neighbors, they work in our businesses, love their families and friends, and care about our community.
I have been privileged to know them personally through their work in the health care sector. Here, within our nonprofit OneWorld Community Health Centers clinics, we know them as wonderful, dedicated employees who share our mission to provide high-quality health care to the medically underserved.
I am saddened to see what they are going through and saddened by the potential loss of their skills in our community. Inaction by the federal government continues life in limbo for Dreamers and a system that is very slow to approve renewal applications.
The time is now — in the coming weeks, not months or years from now — for the long-awaited solution. These young people are counting on us, and we are counting on them. We need Congress and our president to come together to resolve this issue.
Let’s end this long ordeal and keep the Dreamers here for a better future for them, for ourselves and for our community.
Andrea Skolkin, Omaha
Chief Executive Officer, OneWorld Community Health Centers