Almost 800,000 American residents are DACA-eligible –– they’ve grown up in the US, but lack proper papers so are at risk of deportation without President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These DREAMers are living in fear after Trump signed an executive order removing their protection earlier this month. Although Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with the president to continue their protection, there’s no telling when Trump might change his mind. Here is what you can do to permanently protect the legal status of DREAMers:
1. Call Senator Chuck Schumer - (202) 224-6542 - and thank him for co-sponsoring the DREAM Act of 2017 which is a bipartisan bill seeking to grant permanent lawful status to undocumented Americans who immigrated as children. Although there’s nothing we’re asking the Senator to do, he can reference constituent support for the bill when speaking in favor of it. Leave a voicemail if you can’t get through. Below is a brief sample script:
You: Hi my name is ___ and I’m calling from Manhattan to thank Senator Schumer for co-sponsoring the Dream Act of 2017. I’m proud to have representatives who will speak up for the more than one hundred thousand New Yorkers who are DACA-eligible. I encourage the Senator to everything in his power to move this legislation through the Senate. Thanks!
2. Call Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - (202) 224-4451 - and ask her to co-sponsor the DREAM Act of 2017. Leave a voicemail if you can’t get through.
You: Hi my name is ___ and I’m calling from Manhattan to ask Senator Gillibrand to co-sponsor the Dream Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1615). I believe the Senator has an obligation to protect the more than one hundred thousand New Yorkers who are DACA-eligible. It’s not enough to simply denounce the president’s termination of the Obama-era policy - we need Senator Gillibrand to co-sponsor the bill and do everything in her power to move this legislation through the Senate. Thank you and have a nice day.
** Don’t live in New York? Click here to find your senators: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm **
3. Text "Resist" to 50409. The “Resistbot” will ask for your name and zip code and then let you compose a message to your members of Congress. Just type in a message similar to the ones above and press send. Your message will be faxed to the Senators’ offices.