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Daily Action: Defend Dreamers on DACA Renewal Deadline Day


CONTACT: 
Department of Homeland Security Comments Line:
(202) 282-8495

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script for Homeland Security:
Hello, my name is __________, from _______________, California. I am calling to demand that you extend Trump's arbitrary deadline for DACA recipients to renew their eligibility. The one-month timeframe you offered was not enough time for thousands of Dreamers to gather paperwork and save up the application fee of nearly $500. Meanwhile, thousands of Dreamers in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have been delayed by the hurricanes that ravaged their regions. The American people, by huge margins, want this government to protect Dreamers, not take away their status and deport them -- and it's your job to support the American people's wishes, not the Trump administration's extremism. Thank you!

Sample Script for Members of Congress:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to demand an extension of Trump's arbitrary deadline for DACA recipients to renew their eligibility. I also encourage her/him to demand passage of a clean DREAM Act, without amendments that take the focus off the Dreamers. Americans, by huge margins, support creating a permanent solution that allows Dreamers to stay in the United States and gain a pathway to citizenship. It's time for Congress to do its job, and do the right thing. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Today, October 5, is the deadline for DACA recipients whose eligibility expires by March 5, 2018, to file for a 2-year renewal of their status. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, about 28 percent of the Dreamers eligible to file renewals had not done so by yesterday -- many because they were delayed by the hurricane damage in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico the last few weeks. Others are unable to afford the $495 application fee, though numerous donors (including the government of Mexico) have stepped forward in recent weeks to offset some Dreamers' expenses.

Some Democrats have called for the Department of Homeland Security to extend today's arbitrary deadline for renewal applications, as well as the March 5 date set for DACA's demise. Democrats also criticize the Trump administration for its failure to notify Dreamers who are eligible to renew their status.

Meanwhile, Democrats believed they had the outlines of a deal with Trump to pass the bipartisan Dream Act, which would protect eligible young immigrants who arrived as children and put them on a path to citizenship. However, Trump seems to have backed out of such a deal after congressional Republicans rebelled against it -- slowing the process for passing legislation before DACA expires. Democrats say they can accept some border- security measures as part of a compromise, but insist they will not vote for a bill that endangers the ability of Dreamers' families and friends to remain in the U.S. Every day that Republicans demand extreme deportation and security provisions be added to the Dream Act in order to earn their support, the Dreamers' situation becomes more perilous.

Here are some things you can do today:

  • Share information about DACA renewal with friends and family members who may be eligible to renew their status today: 
    https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process/renew-your-daca
  • Contribute to organizations that help Dreamers offset the costs of applying for a renewal of DACA status, such as Public Counsel in Los Angeles.
  • Contact the Department of Homeland Security comments line and demand an extension of Trump's arbitrary deadline for renewal applications. (see phone number above) 
  • Contact your members of Congress, asking them to demand an extension of the renewal deadline as well as a clean Dream Act. (see phone numbers above)