Urgent Action Needed to Protect the Dreamers - Call or Visit Your Members of Congress Every Week Until They Restore DACA or Pass the Dream Act
Call Members of Congress and tell them to pass the Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615/H.R.3440) or come up with a plan to restore DACA protections by March 5th. After that point, DACA will end. We also want them to work toward larger legislative reform of our immigration system in a humane and common-sense manner. However, that process may take longer than the few weeks remaining before DACA ends.
Background information: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was rescinded by President Trump on Sept. 5th. On March 5th, DACA will end. Depending on when the DACA recipient last renewed their DACA status, they will lose their legal protections on the anniversary of their renewal. At that point they may lose their ability to work, attend college or graduate school, or drive a car (dependent upon any protections provided by their state).
We need to flood our Members of Congress with phone calls and meet with their offices. We need our U.S. Representatives and Senators to hear that we support our immigrant neighbors and vow to protect DACA!
For short talking points on DACA click here.
For detailed information on DACA click here.
Senator Chuck Grassley (202) 224-3744
Senator Joni Ernst (202) 224-3254
Representative Dave Loebsack (202) 225-6576
Senator Tammy Duckworth (202) 224-2854
Senator Dick Durbin (202) 224-2152
Representative Cheri Bustos (202) 225-5905
Sample Script: I’m [your name], your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with undocumented youth, and support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has provided the opportunity for nearly 800,000 young people to pursue their dreams They are contributing members of our country. I urge you to support the Dream Act of 2017 (S.1615/H.R.3440) and work toward larger legislative reform of our immigration system in a humane and common-sense manner. Thank you for passing the message along to my Senator/Representative.
Extra Credit – Ways to Do More to Protect the Dreamers:
- Ask your friends/family to call their Members of Congress about DACA.
- Come to the next PACG Civil Rights Forum meeting: Check our calendar or Weekly Email Update for next meeting date/time/place.
- Visit the local office of your Senator or Representative. Call the local office to make sure someone will be there. Appearing in person to advocate for a cause is powerful. It is even better if you bring friends along. Make the visit short, respectful, and to the point. See the call to visit Senator Grassley's office to ask him to end his silence and to live up to Iowa values as an example.
- Write a letter to the editor about DACA.