Without question, the most vulnerable group in Trump’s America is immigrants. On Sept. 5, Trump announced that he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This Obama-era program provides relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 16,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. The more than 5,000 DACA recipients in Ohio contribute more than $14 million in State and Local taxes each year, not to mention the cultural and community contributions they make.
To be indivisible means to treat an attack on one as an attack on all—that is why we are calling on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act.
There is bipartisan support for the Dream Act in both the Senate and House. And Dreamers enjoy massive support from the American public. Despite this, Trump and Republicans would rather defend the administration’s racist policies and shut down the government than take a bipartisan deal to protect Dreamers, fund the government, and advance other critical priorities. On January 22, Democratic leadership (and all 3 of OUR members of Congress, including Sherrod Brown) voted with Republicans to deport Dreamers at a rate of 122 per day.
Today we call to tell them: we will not forget that you gave in to Trump’s racist policies – you must fight back by voting to protect Dreamers on February 8.
- Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
- Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
- Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315
Caller: Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS]. I am extremely disappointed [Congressman / Senator] ___ voted for the CR that didn’t include the Dream Act. Dreamers deserve MoCs who will stand with them and use their vote to protect them from the Trump deportation machine. It’s a disgrace that [Congressman / Senator] ___ voted to allow Dreamers to continue to be deported, instead of fighting alongside them to pass a fix for DACA.
Staffer: Thank you for calling. The Senator feels that it was critical for [her / him] to vote yes on this CR—it funded CHIP for six years, and ensured that the government would stay open.
FOR Sherrod Brown:
Caller: I expect that Senator Brown will correct this injustice by voting against the upcoming continuing resolution on February 8. With the administration threatening to deport Dreamers en masse after DACA ends on March 5, and tens of thousands of Dreamers already at risk, there is no excuse for the Senator to enable this by voting for a CR that doesn’t protect Dreamers.
FOR Turner and Portman
Caller: [Congressman / Senator] ___ can only end their complicity in Trump’s racist policies by demanding a vote on the Dream Act now. With the administration threatening to deport Dreamers en masse after DACA ends on March 5, and tens of thousands of Dreamers already at risk, there is no excuse for the [Congressman / Senator] to enable this by voting for a CR that doesn’t protect Dreamers.
Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to the [Congressman / Senator].
Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do.
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