March activist theme: Herstory
Call your representatives and urge them to support the Dream Act
DACA provides a visa to so-called DREAMers, children who were brought to the US with a non-immigrant visa by their parents before the age of 16. It currently supports 800,000 individuals, mostly in their mid to late 20s, so that they can work, study or serve in the military. 53% of these recipients are women.
Due to the Trump administration’s September decision to rescind DACA, Congress has until March to act before thousands of DACA recipients each day will begin losing their visas and become subject to deportation. We are calling in support of the DREAM Act (S.1615, HR.3440), a bipartisan bill introduced by senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durban (D-IL), which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship for DACA participants.
- Find your representatives’ contact information here.
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Hello, My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY, STATE]. I’m calling [SENATOR / CONGRESSPERSON] in support of DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program).
DACA recipients are as American as you or I in every way but on paper. They abide by the law, serve in our military, and hold jobs that benefit our economy. They need our support today, because they were brought into the U.S. as children by their parents, to escape danger or to pursue the American dream. America is the country they grew up in, and often the only country they have known.
I am asking [SENATOR / CONGRESSPERSON] to please support the bipartisan effort in Congress to provide a path for DACA recipients to apply for a green card and eventual citizenship. Hold Mitch McConnell to his promise to bring a “clean” bill to the floor before February 8th that will let the 690,000 undocumented immigrants who came here as children the chance to continue their lives in the United States.
DACA recipients have saved American lives and bolstered our economy. Your support can end this dreadful period of uncertainty and allow them to continue working toward a better and stronger America!
My zip code is [YOUR ZIP]. Thank you very much for your time.
Facts & Figures:
- Key Facts about unauthorized immigrants enrolled in DACA — Pew Research
- 9 Facts that explain DACA — Vox
- Summary of S.1615: Dream Act of 2017 — govtrack
- The 3 bills Congress could use to protect DACA recipients – Vox
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