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.
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 caved and many Democrats voted to deport Dreamers at a rate of 122 per day. We need to thank those who held strong and hold those who didn't accountable.
On January 22, Democratic leadership caved and many Democrats voted with Trump and the Republicans to deport Dreamers at a rate of 122 per day. You can check to see if your MoC is a Dream Killer here, then call your MoC and tell them that they should be ashamed to provide cover for the Trump administration’s racist positions.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT: REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR THE CR
Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. 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.
Caller: This shouldn’t have been a vote between CHIP or DACA—it needed to be a vote to protect CHIP and DACA. Republicans will never pass a fix for DACA as a standalone bill—they will only do so if Democrats use their leverage to force it to be included as part of a must-pass bill, like a CR. An average of 122 Dreamers are losing their protections every day that this bill is not signed into law, and after the deadline in March thousands more will be exposed to deportation. We need to pass the Dream Act now—no more delays.
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.
Dream Heroes in the House and Senate voted to fight with Dreamers, instead of letting the Trump administration put hundreds of thousands of Dreamers at risk of deportation. The MoCs who are doing everything they can to protect Dreamers deserve our thanks. You can check to see if your MoCs are Dream Heroes here, then call your MoC and thank them for voting for Dreamers.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT: DREAM HERO
Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. I wanted to thank [Congressman / Senator] ___ for voting against the CR that didn’t include the Dream Act. Dreamers deserve MoCs who will stand with them and use their power to protect them from the Trump deportation machine, and I am proud that [Congressman / Senator] used [her / his] power to do so.
Staffer: It’s great to hear that from you; I’ll be sure to pass along your gratitude to the [Congressman / Senator].
Caller: Also, I consider this “deal” to be a failure of Democratic leadership, and I expect [Senator / Congressman] ____ will work to ensure that the caucus stays strong in its convictions and votes to protect Dreamers.
Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do on future votes.