THIS MORNING'S PROTEST:
Statewide Day Of Action #NoDreamNoDeal
Sen. Feinstein's Office
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator Feinstein's in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator to use this rare moment of Democratic leverage to demand passage of the DREAM Act. This is no time for weakness in the face of Republican cruelty! I would rather see a government shutdown than see the Dreamers lose protection from deportation -- and I don't trust Republicans to bring up the DREAM Act on their own next year. The American people are waiting for Democrats to show moral leadership on this issue, and the senator is failing to do so. Thank you!
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is among the Democratic senators -- most of the others represent states Trump won in 2016 -- who have declared themselves unwilling to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to restore protections for the Dreamers. Since Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has provided relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants, the Dream Act has gained bipartisan support in both the Senate and House as well as massive approval from the American public. However, some Democrats are reluctant to subject the party to blame for a government shutdown if their demands stop passage of a spending bill to keep the government open past this week.
Democrats must not be afraid to threaten a shutdown if their priorities are not included in this essential bill. DREAMers must be protected from Trump's deportation machine before DACA beneficiaries begin becoming eligible for removal in March, so time is of the essence!