The Call –#DefendDACA #DefendDREAMers
In 2012, President Obama issued an executive order (DACA) allowing undocumented migrants (Dreamers) brought to the US as children to obtain work permits and remain in the US without fear of deportation. Because they have spent most of their lives in the U.S., the Dreamers are as American as apple pie.
The Trump administration announced the termination of DACA on Tuesday, with a 6 month delay in taking effect. The administration’s guidance to the Dreamers was that they should prepare for “departure from the United States.”
Bipartisan legislation, the Dream Act, has been introduced in the Senate and the House, which would protect the Dreamers so they were not subject to the whims of a Trump executive order. While some Republicans have publicly supported legislation to protect the Dreamers, many Republicans oppose it or want to attach unpopular conditions, such as funding for Trump’s proposed border wall.
Large majorities of American voters, including 73% of Trump voters, favor protecting the Dreamers, and ending DACA would have devastating economic effect.
Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation is not only a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans, but is also terrible for the US economy.
Call your members of Congress and urge them to support the Dream Act.
- This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
- I urge [Sen/Rep____ to support the [S. 1615/H.R. 3440], the Dream Act, without conditions or trade-offs.
- The Dreamers arrived in the US through no fault of their own and have been raised as Americans.
- The Dreamers contribute to American society in jobs, the military and education.
- Studies show deportation of the Dreamers would have devastating economic impacts on the US.
- Breaking faith with the Dreamers or holding them hostage to funding for a useless border wall would be cruel and un-American.