Nancy R., who is a DACA recipient, shared her personal story. Without action in Congress Nancy, and thousands of others like her in Iowa, will lose her work permit, lose her driver’s license, lose her ability to earn a living and care for her U.S. citizen child, and will be at risk for deportation to a country that is not her home. Others in the group spoke passionately of our concern for the Dreamers. We also pointed out that Iowa needs the Dreamers – young, hard-working, law-abiding community members educated here who have jobs and businesses that contribute to Iowa’s economic growth. Although as non-citizens they receive no government benefits, they still pay taxes, including Social Security and Medicare taxes that benefit Iowa senior citizens.
We asked Senator Ernst to support the 2017 Dream Act, which protects current DACA recipients, allows more recent childhood arrivals to be protected, and provides a path (a very long path) to citizenship for them. As a nation of immigrants, we should continue to welcome all deserving immigrants, including the Dreamers, who only want to be part of this great country, the only home they have known.
Click here to learn more about DACA.
Click here to call your member of Congress and ask them to support the 2017 Dream Act.
Come to our next Civil Rights meeting on November 16, 5:15 pm, at the Spanish Mennonite Church in Moline to plan more actions to help DACA recipients.
Email Alta Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you live in Iowa and would like to make a visit to Senator Grassley’s office or Representative Loebsack’s office about DACA.
Email Margie Mejia-Caraballo (email@example.com) if you live in Illinois and want to visit Senator Durbin, Senator Duckworth, or Representative Bustos.