Recent polls show strong support for Dreamers, or immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents as children: 78% of American voters support providing Dreamers with a path to citizenship, including 73% of Trump voters. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which began in 2012, has provided deportation relief and work permits for over 800,000 of these young people. DACA recipients have to pass background checks, and verify their educational and/or military status.
Despite this robust support for young immigrants, DACA is under attack! In late June, 10 State Attorneys General (led by vehemently anti-immigrant Texas) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to sue the Trump Administration if it did not terminate the DACA program by September. Soon after, Homeland Security Secretary (now Chief of Staff) John Kelly said he thought that DACA is unlawful.
Terminating the DACA program would benefit only for-profit immigrant detention centers and Trump’s deportation machine, while completely upending the lives of nearly one million people raised in the United States and their loved ones. In addition, the elimination of DACA would take a heavy toll on the U.S. economy, as nearly 700,000 people would immediately become unemployed, costing employers $3.4 billion. And over the next decade, $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions would be lost.
Thus far, 20 State AGs have written letters of support for DACA – contact Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes and urge him to join them!
CALL TO ACTION
- Contact Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, and ask him to show his support for young immigrants by sending a letter to President Trump urging him to defend and maintain the DACA program, and posting the letter publicly. To contact Attorney General Reyes, call: 1-800-244-4636 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Share your story by August 14th. The National Immigrant Legal Council (NILC) is fighting to save DACA by lobbying key members of congress. They are collecting personal stories to share with legislators on August 15, the 5th anniversary of DACA. From NILC: “We’re urging legislators to stand up and fight for those who would be irreparably harmed by an end to this policy. All of us–immigrant and native born alike–benefit when those of us who grew up here are allowed to more fully contribute to our communities.” Share your story here.
- Call on our senators to oppose any efforts to repeal DACA, and to support the bipartisan Dream Act (S.1615).
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)