A group of Democratic women in U.S. Senate are calling for the body to pass legislation to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, also known as Dreamers, before the December break. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, is among the 11 women who signed a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging action.

In September, the Trump Administration announced a six-month phase out of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, originally created through an Executive Order from Barack Obama. At the same time, the President put the onus on Congress to take up legislation.

DACA expires on March 6 and nearly 800,000 recipients could be affected. Gillibrand said women DREAMERS and their families would be hit the hardest.

“Women make up 53 percent of DACA recipients. According to the largest survey of DACA recipients, about one-quarter are parents of American citizen children,”she wrote. “The futures of these mothers and their U.S. citizen children have been thrown into uncertainty. If Congress does not act to protect them, hundreds of thousands of women will lose their status and face deportation.”

According to the White House, Dreamers range in age from their mid-teens to their mid-thirties.  Many of them, Gillibrand pointed out, are parents who could be forced to leave their children.

She said DACA has allowed many immigrant women to secure jobs and educational opportunities and could struggle to provide for their families if the DREAM Act is not passed. Gillibrand said the program also protects victims of domestic violence and sexual assault from further exploitation, by eliminating the fear that reporting incidents could lead to immigration enforcement.

“There is absolutely no doubt that America will benefit from passage of the Dream Act, and too much is at stake not to act,” she wrote. “We urge you to bring this legislation to the Senate floor for consideration as soon as possible.”

Other senators who signed the letter include California Democrat Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren.