Down to the wire: write a letter to defend DACA today!

It’s rumored that Trump may announce the end of DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) as early as next week, putting nearly 800,000 lives on the line. This despite the fact that 78% of Americans (and 73% of Trump supporters) support a legal path to citizenship for DREAMers.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with nine other Attorneys General have threatened to sue the U.S. government in an attempt to block DACA if the program isn’t ended by September 5th. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long opposed DACA, putting the program, which has given nearly 800,000 Dreamers the ability to work, go to school and live their lives without fear. 

CALL TO ACTION

  • Write a letter to the editor (LTE) of your local paper in support of DACA and Dreamers TODAY. Use Action Utah’s TIPS on how to write an effective LTE, plus any of the talking points or resources listed below. Thank you for your commitment to standing up for democracy and humanity!

Talkers

  • DACA does not make our country unsafe — in fact, DACA recipients must undergo criminal background checks, maintain standing and abide by stringent criteria to be eligible for the program.
  • DACA helps immigration authorities prioritize enforcement by vetting young immigrants  while providing them with a chance to contribute to their communities through gainful employment, higher education and/or military service. Nearly 90 percent of DACA recipients — roughly 700,000 people — are employed and roughly 95 percent are either working or in school.
  • Ending DACA and shattering the lives and dreams of hundreds of thousands is further proof that Donald Trump has chosen to side with the white supremacists and against the moral and economic interests of our country.
  • DACA has been a resounding success and this Administration should not end this crucial program. Nearly 800,000 young men and women have been able to contribute to their communities, to work, go to school and to live their lives without fear of being ripped away from their families and from a country they consider home.
  • Dreamers are human beings, not tokens nor line items, who deserve dignity and respect. They are casualties of our broken immigration system. They have earned the love and respect of millions of Americans, many of whom know them as their neighbors, coworkers, students, community leaders and church leaders. They are our newest college graduates, teachers, nurses and soldiers.
  • DACA has given these young adults a lifeline and hope for the future. Ending the program would be devastating for Dreamers and their families. Without DACA, these 800,000 Dreamers would be subject to deportation to countries they may not even remember and no longer able to work legally to support themselves and their families. America is a stronger country because they are here.
  • There is strong bipartisan consensus that these young people should not be deported. Words of support are not enough. Leaders from across the political spectrum must stand up for Dreamers, stand up for common sense and demand that the White House keep DACA in place.
  • Nearly 8 in 10 voters support allowing Dreamers to remain permanently in the country, including almost three-quarters of Trump voters, and only 14 percent believe they should be forced to leave.
  • Ending DACA would result in a loss of $460.3 billion from the national GDP over the next decade and 685,000 fewer workers in the economy. In Utah, that would nean $476.5 million in annual GDP losses.
  • If Trump continues to tear families apart, it is up to Congress to protect Dreamers and pass legislation that provides a path to citizenship and the ability to safely live in the country they call home.
  • We will not forget—not today, not tomorrow, not ever. And we will fight back with everything we have. We will not stop until our families are safe and until the country reflects the beloved community we desire.

Additional Resources

  • Numbers from Impacted States: http://ampr.gs/2uI9Deh
  • How DACA has changed lives: (Based on a survey of recipients): After receiving DACA, 63% of respondents reported moving to a job with better pay; 49% moved to a job that “better fits my education and training”; and 48% moved to a job with better working conditions.

 

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