News sources are reporting that President Trump is considering terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This move would turn our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Terminating DACA would place the nearly 800,000 DREAMers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation. We need to call on our elected leaders TODAY to keep the DACA program intact.
More information at http://defenddaca.com/
1) SOLIDARITY ACTIONS: SEPTEMBER 1st – 5th DACA RECIPIENTS HUNGER FAST IN TEXAS
On Friday, September 1st (the day SB4 is scheduled to go into effect) United We Dream and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement are organizing an event in Austin, Texas. An estimated 50 DACA recipients will begin a hunger fast that will last until September 5th, the deadline the Texas Attorney General and others have imposed on Trump to cancel DACA or face a lawsuit.
Faith communities across the country are joining echo actions, vigils, and solidarity fasting August 30th – September 5th Sign up today to fast and join an action in solidarity in support of DACA and TPS.
2) CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES NOW: (202) 224-3121*
*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators
Sample Script: I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to terminate it. DACA has provided nearly 800,000 young people the opportunity to pursue their dreams. I urge you to do everything in your power to protect DACA and stand in solidarity with immigrant youth.”
3) ONLINE ACTION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Please tweet @realDonaldTrump and your Senators/Representatives: “.@[HANDLE], protect DACA! My community stands with immigrant youth! #DefendDACA #HeretoStay”
See more resources and ideas for social media action in this Digital Toolkit.
4) WRITE AN OPINION EDITORIAL IN SUPPORT OF DACA
Please click here for template Op-Eds that you can localize and add personal stories. See a recent Op-Ed in Baltimore Sun by local bishops, and others at www.interfaithimmigration.org/issues/dream-act/.
Faith communities across traditions have repeatedly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to immigrant youth and their families, advocating for the DREAM Act, writing letters and filing Amicus briefs in support of the DACA program, and calling on all elected leaders to champion policies that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals in the United States. Faith leaders: Sign on to this letter by Friday, September 1 to support TPS.