The Time to Act is Now
Starting on February 13, the Senate will be debating a series of immigration proposals to try to address the fate of DACA recipients who were left in limbo after Trump unilaterally ended that program in September 2017. This is the first time that the Senate has tried to address immigration since it passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013 that subsequently stalled in the Republican-controlled House. This time, with a white supremacist in the White House egging on the most extreme among them, an open debate on immigration in a Republican-controlled Senate could turn ugly quickly.
Trump’s immigration policy is based on “four pillars” laid out by his administration:
- Building his wall on the Mexican border;
- Ending the diversity visa lottery to prevent black and brown immigrants from coming to America;
- Ending the family reunification policies that have served as the backbone of American immigration for a century; and
- Offering some form of relief for Dreamers.
Trump wants to use Dreamers as a bargaining chip to enact drastic, permanent changes to legal immigration. His policies would keep families apart, waste billions of dollars in taxpayer money, and serve his racist vision of who “deserves” to come to America. Call your Democratic Senator and tell them: vote no on changes to legal migration and diversity visas.
Sample Call Script
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Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to tell [Senator] that I expect [her / him] to vote no on any immigration legislation that would make changes to legal migration or diversity visas. Protecting Dreamers is crucially important, but we can’t let Trump use them as a bargaining chip for drastic, permanent changes to legal immigration that serve his racist vision of who “deserves” to come to America.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. [Senator] is waiting to see what proposals come to the floor this week before [she / he] decides how to vote; however, [she / he] is very intent on finding a compromise that will permanently protect Dreamers from deportation.
Caller: It’s important to me that we protect Dreamers, too, but Trump wants to impose a family ban and build his ridiculous border wall in return for those protections. We should not have to pick between some immigrant families and others; [Senator] should hold strong against these Republican efforts to undermine our immigration system in service of Trump’s racist policies.
Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to [Senator].
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [Senator] decides to do.