The WPC Micah 6:8 Immigration, Refugees and Sanctuary group has received information from the Presbyterian USA Office of Public Witness recommending immediate action on two public policy areas:
1. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – – action is needed to urge the President not to repeal the DACA program.
DACA was enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2014, and allows certain illegal immigrants who entered into the United States as minors to receive a two-year relief from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Ten state Attorney Generals have asked President Trump to repeal DACA by September 5 otherwise they plan to sue the government in the Texas district court. Repeal of DACA could put 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation.
Please call 3 times to connect with your Representative and both of your Senators
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact. My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to reflect the best of our American values of compassion and welcome.”
2) Write an Op Ed in your local paper! Use the DACA Faith Toolkit from Church World Service that will take you to a google drive file that includes: DACA Faith Leader Op-Ed Template and Sample Letter to Meet Your Governor or State Attorney General.
3) DACA is at risk because 10 State Attorneys General threatening to sue President Trump if he does not rescind DACA, which was created by memo under the Obama Administration. You can send a form letter to President Trump here.
2. Senators Durbin (R-Illinois) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) have introduced the Dream Act of 2017- – action is needed to urge Senators to support this new Bill which opens a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
The Dream Act of 2017 would allow certain young immigrants the chance to earn permanent residency in the US and be provided with pathway toward citizenship. Strict requirements to participate would apply including a)have a high school diploma or GED, b)work toward a college degree, serve in the military, or be lawfully employed for at least three years. The Dream Act of 2017 would allow Dreamers who are productive members of our communities remain in the country that has been their home since childhood.
The Dream Act of 2017, also known as the Bridge Act, S 128, has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s not too early to contract your Congressional Representative and Senator and the Senators of the Judiciary Committee to let them know that you support this bill.
Now is the time to protect the Dreamers. Our faith calls us to take action.
“The Presbyterian Church (USA) reiterates its support for a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, who have fought so tirelessly for their rights and lives to be respected and their voices to be heard. These young people are the future of our church and our nation — when they suffer, we suffer. They have been caught in this limbo for far too long, not knowing if they will be ripped apart from their families and communities. This is not a question of politics, but rather the morality of the American people. We ask for Congress to act on values that are foundational to our faith — to welcome the stranger and love our neighbors — and co-sponsor the reintroduction of the DREAM Act. Presbyterians will continue to stand beside them in solidarity, seeking justice for our neighbors who simply want to stay in a country that we all call home.”– Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (USA)