INSTITUTE INDEX: The eleventh-hour push to save Dreamers from deportation

A Dec. 6 candlelight vigil in Raleigh, North Carolina, was part of this week's national effort to demand a legislative solution to the looming threat of deportation of young people brought to the this country as children. (Photo by Rebekah Barber/Facing South.)

Number of people who rallied this week in Washington and cities nationwide to call on Congress to pass a Dream Act as a solution to the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program: more than 4,000

Number of local U.S. House and Senate offices where sit-ins were held calling for passage of what's known as a "clean" Dream Act, free from provisions that harm immigrant communities: 30

Number of people arrested during the nonviolent protests: more than 180

Number of young people brought to the U.S. as children who are at risk of deportation if Congress does not act soon: 800,000

Percent of those young people who live in the 13 Southern states*: 31

If no legislative solution is found, month in which deportations could begin for those known as the "Dreamers": 3/2018

Number of moderate House Republicans who signed a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan this week urging Congress to act "immediately" while a bipartisan group of U.S. senators also worked to craft a deal: 34

Number of other Republican lawmakers that Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia said would vote for a Dream Act deal but could not sign the letter for various reasons: "numerous"

Number of former federal officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations who signed another letter to congressional leadership calling for a Dream Act: more than 200

Percent of Americans who want all Dreamers to be deported: 19

Percent who want to allow Dreamers to stay in the U.S. legally: 60

Date when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not leave town or cooperate with Republicans on critical year-end legislation without action to fix DACA: 12/7/2017

Date on which U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican who represents South Florida, said he would join Democrats in refusing to vote for government funding without a DACA deal: 11/28/2017

Date on which Congress passed a temporary funding bill, pushing the next threat of a shutdown and a possible showdown over Dreamers to the Friday before Christmas: 12/7/2017

* Facing South defines the region as encompassing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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