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Daily Action: Defend Dreamers with Day of Calls, Evening Rally


RALLY FOR DREAMERS THIS EVENING
IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE!

5:30-7 p.m., Northeast corner of Westlake Blvd. & Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Bring signs supporting DACA & Dreamers, urging Congress to act!
 


CONTACT: 
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 (Senators):
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator to co-sponsor and speed passage of the bipartisan DREAM Act (S. 1615). Congress must quickly create a legislative fix for President Trump's unconscionable decision to rescind the DACA program. It is essential that the predicament suddenly facing these young Americans not continue! Congress must take their future out of Trump’s hands and create a permanent solution that provides Dreamers with the security and opportunities they deserve. Thank you!

Sample Script (House members):
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her/him to co-sponsor and speed passage of the American Hope Act (H.R. 3591). Congress must quickly create a legislative fix for President Trump's unconscionable decision to rescind the DACA program. It is essential that the predicament suddenly facing these young Americans not continue! Congress must take their future out of Trump’s hands and create a permanent solution that provides Dreamers with the security and opportunities they deserve. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Tuesday, September 5 is a National Day of Action to defend DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has protected nearly 800,000 undocumented-immigrant "Dreamers" who were brought to the U.S. as children. President Trump reportedly plans to announce Tuesday that he is ending the program, following a six-month delay that he says would allow Congress to pass legislation replacing it.

President Obama created the DACA program in 2012 to grant relief from deportation to young immigrants who grew up in the U.S., think of the U.S. as their home, and are essentially American in every sense, except on paper. The program has given them the opportunity to live and work lawfully in the U.S., though it does not provide a path to citizenship. California has, by far, the largest number of Dreamers of any state; Ventura County is home to thousands.

DACA has proven to be transformative. A 2016 study revealed that DACA has improved the lives of its recipients and their families, showing that, among DACA recipients:

  • 95% are currently working or in school
  • 48% got a job with better working conditions
  • 63% got a better paying job
  • 90% got a driver’s license or state ID
  • 54% bought their first car
  • 12% bought their first home

Removing DACA protections would turn their lives upside down and harm the communities where they live, work and study. Trump, however, is more concerned with his base of white nationalists and his perceived need to fulfill a campaign promise. He has timed his announcement to ward off a lawsuit threatened by Republican attorneys general from nine states, led by Texas Ken Paxton, who claim that DACA is unconstitutional because President Obama created the program via executive order.

Trump's expected announcement sends the issue to Congress, which previously failed to pass legislation protecting Dreamers in 2012 -- part of a long recent history of congressional impotence on immigration issues. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in recent days has asked Trump not to rescind DACA before Congress can implement a replacement.

Such bills already have been introduced in both houses of Congress. The DREAM Act (S. 1615), introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) in the Senate, enjoys bipartisan support. The American Hope Act was introduced in the House in late July by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL).

However, hardline anti-immigration Republicans in both the House and Senate are expected to create roadblocks to passage of the two bills. Congress' previous inability to act -- for years on immigration issues, and throughout 2017 on every issue of substance -- leaving the lives of nearly a million young Americans in limbo.