Tell Your MoCs to Stand Up for Childhood Arrivals and Co-Sponsor the DREAM Act (S.1615 / H.R.3440)
On September 5th, Donald Trump’s White House announced the end, in 6 months, of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, effectively turning 800,000 American lives into fodder for his for-profit deportation machine. Even with the 6 month delay, these young immigrants are now at greater risk than they were even before they applied for the program.
It’s now up to Congress to fix this problem. It’s not enough for a Member of Congress to disapprove of the decision. Words are empty unless followed up by an immediate congressional remedy. It’s up to your representatives in Congress to stand up to Trump’s hateful decision and secure the futures of DACA recipients with a legislative fix: The DREAM Act (S.1615 / H.R.3440).
WHAT IS THE DACA PROGRAM?
DACA provides relief from deportation to certain young immigrants. In 2012, President Obama created the DACA program to grant relief from deportation to individuals who came to the U.S. as children, if they met a number of requirements (like extensive background checks). The Obama Administration recognized that there were millions of undocumented young immigrants who grew up in the U.S., who were essentially American in every sense, except on paper. The program has allowed approximately 800,000 young people the opportunity to live and work lawfully in the U.S. It does not provide a path to citizenship. Check out this short video explaining the program.
DACA is constitutional. Opponents of DACA, including Trump, are falsely claiming that DACA is unconstitutional. But nationally renowned constitutional scholars have weighed in, like in this letter to Trump, arguing that not only is DACA constitutional, but that previous presidents from both parties have used the same process to grant relief from deportation to other immigrants.
DACA works, and it has improved the lives of its recipients and their families. Among DACA recipients:
- 95% are currently working or in school
- 48% got a job with better working conditions
- 63% got a better paying job
- 90% got a driver’s license or state ID
- 54% bought their first car
- 12% bought their first home
WHAT THE END OF THE DACA PROGRAM MEANS
Donald Trump has betrayed our values and unraveled our promise to these young immigrants who grew up calling the United States home. When the program was created back in 2012, the U.S. government asked eligible immigrants to come forward, to volunteer their personal information, undergo a background check, and pay a large fine, in exchange for protection from deportation. Indeed, DACA is a promise of safety by the U.S. government to the 800,000 individuals who have been granted DACA—and now that promise has been broken.
Trump’s elimination of DACA is part of his white supremacist agenda. Trump’s decision is consistent with his broader, white supremacist agenda. He notably pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on August 25, a man who made his career by violating the constitutional rights of those he was sworn to protect because of the color of their skin. Make no mistake: Trump is systematically attacking people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and anyone else he can “other.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO DEFEND DACA
First, Get Informed. Get the latest on this issue and the rest of Trump’s multi-pronged anti-immigrant agenda on standup.indivisibleguide.com.
Tell Your MoCs to Denounce Trump’s Announcement and Protect DACA recipients:
Now that the Trump White House announced the end of DACA, Congress has two disasters to immediately respond to—one of them is Harvey, and the other one is the Trump-made tragedy of ending relief from deportation for 800,000 young Americans who now face an uncertain future. Tell your MoC to include a clean DREAM Act in any must-pass legislative vehicles this month. The DREAM Act would give DACA recipients and others who arrived in the United States as children a path to permanent lawful status and eventual citizenship. Call your Representative and two Senators today and demand that they include a clean “DREAM Act” in any must-pass bill.
SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE:
Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [place in state]. Could you please tell me what the [Senator/Representative]’s position is on Trump’s announcement that he is ending the DACA program to provide relief from deportation for 800,000 DREAMers who came to the United States as children?
Staffer: Yes! [Senator/Representative] is totally opposed to Trump’s decision to end DACA.
Caller: I’m glad to hear that. Can you tell me what [Senator/Representative] has done so far to speak out about this?
Staffer: Sure. [Senator/Representative] gave a speech on the floor recently that talked about the importance of DACA for immigrants and for our state’s economy. And yesterday she did an epic tweet storm.
Caller: That’s great, but it’s going to take more than talk and tweet storms to keep 800,000 DACA recipients from falling into Trump’s deportation machine. Will the the [Senator/Representative] commit to me, a constituent, that they will demand that the DREAM Act be included in any must-pass bill that is scheduled for a vote this month.
Staffer: [Senator/Representative] agrees with Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA.
Caller: That is terrible. How can [Senator/Representative] justify ripping 800,000 DREAMers from their homes? Some of them arrived in the United States when they were so young, they have no other country to call home. Did you know that there are [X] DACA recipients in [State] alone, and each year they contribute [Y] in State and local taxes?
Staffer: I didn’t know that. I will pass along your concerns to the [Senator/Representative].
Caller: Please do, and tell him that as his constituent here in [part of State], I expect [Senator/Representative] to get on the right side of history with this issue and co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act. The bill number is S.1615 / H.R.3440. It is inhumane to tear away young people who are American in every way except on paper—and our economy would take a huge hit if they are forced to leave their jobs