Last week, the Senate took a series of immigration votes, purportedly aimed at providing relief for Dreamers. But only one of the four bills voted on, the McCain-Coons bill, would have provided relief for Dreamers, without requiring an expansion to Trump’s deportation machine. Republicans tried to push the White House immigration plan through, only to have it soundly rejected with 60 senators—both Republican and Democrat—voting against it. Unfortunately, McCain-Coons failed to move forward after Republicans blocked it.
The March 5 DACA Cliff is Fast Approaching. 122 DACA recipients are losing their protections every day, and starting on March 5 that number will rise to 1,200 per day. The Trump administration has already made clear Dreamers whose protections have expired will be subject to deportation immediately. Considering Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already started detaining parents dropping their kids at school, children who are in the hospital, longtime members of the community, and leading activists, that is a threat we must take seriously.
Demand that your Member of Congress Support Dreamers, Not Trump. This recess, tell Turner and Portman that you demand that they pass immediate relief for Dreamers, before it’s too late. But make sure to tell them that relief must not require that Dreamers sacrifice their families in exchange. Trump wants more immigration agents, a $25 billion border wall, and to restrict family reunification. We can’t let that happen. Tell your MoC to support Dreamers, not Trump’s deportation machine.
- Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
- Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
- Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315
Republicans – “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS]. Donald Trump, along with Congressional leaders of both parties in the House and Senate, have publicly stated support for making a deal that will protect Dreamers, yet Republicans have refused to support a clean bill that dies just that. Your constituents are at risk of being deported to countries they have no knowledge of, with no support systems, and real risk of injury or death upon arrival. Will you commit to me, your constituent, that you will stop covering for Trump’s racist policies by voting to protect Dreamers before the DACA cliff on March 5?
Democrats – “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS]. It’s clear that Democrats are the only ones in Congress negotiating in good faith on providing relief for Dreamers. Republicans continue to use Dreamers as a bargaining chip to try to extract as many concessions from Democrats as possible. Will you commit not to vote for any deal that would enhance internal enforcement, restrict family reunification, or eliminate the Diversity Visa program?
Adapted from Indivisible resources.