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New year, same resolution: defend Dreamers

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Author: Lily Folkerts

The year may have just begun, but we have the same resolution—defend Dreamers and demand a clean Dream Act. And we don’t have the full year to get it done. Congress failed to act last year but now they’re back in town, and we need to speak up loud and clear.

The time to act is NOW! Every day that we don’t, 122 Dreamers lose status and face the risk of deportation. Plus, if Congress fails to make a move, our country faces the threat of a shutdown by January 19th.

CALL CONGRESS. Demand that your representatives support a clean Dream Act, one that isn’t tied to an exchange for $33 billion in border security funding. Because nearly 800,000 young lives aren’t bargaining chips that can be recklessly thrown on the budget negotiation table.

This year we’re up against more battles, as  Trump continues to show his same true, xenophobic colors. Just this week, his administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 200,000 Salvadorans, members of our communities who have lived here and contributed for decades.

As is now the case for TPS beneficiaries, protecting Dreamers is up to Congress. And it’s growing increasingly urgent. Dreamers are at risk of losing everything—their homes, their jobs, their families and friends—and we can’t afford to do nothing. Members of Congress from both sides came together, creating the Dream Act to provide these youth a pathway to legal permanent status and citizenship. But YOU need to help GET IT PASSED without throwing money at a border wall and ramping up deportation forces.


TAKE ACTION: Please call your representative and senators

In order to address your message to the appropriate recipient, we need to identify where you are. Enter your zip code here to call your TWO Senators and ONE Representative:

 Suggested Script: House of Representatives
“Hi, my name is ________, and I’m calling to demand that Representative _________ support a clean Dream Act (H.R.3440) as Congress finalizes last year’s spending bill–one that ensures immigrant youth can continue to go to school, work, and contribute to our communities and economy without fear of deportation. The passage of this bill should not be traded for $33 billion in border security funding to build border walls or to detain and deport other immigrants. Thank you.”


Suggested Script: Senate

“Hi, my name is ________, and I’m calling to demand that Senator _________ support a clean Dream Act (S.1615) as Congress finalizes last year’s spending bill–one that ensures immigrant youth can continue to go to school, work, and contribute to our communities and economy without fear of deportation. The passage of this bill should not be traded for $33 billion in border security funding to build border walls or to detain and deport other immigrants. Thank you.”

See if your representative has already cosponsored the bill here. See if your senator has already cosponsored the bill here.

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