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 Republican 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] to reject making wholesale changes to legal migration or diversity visas in return for protections for Dreamers. Trump’s “four pillars” would completely reshape our legal immigration system, and go far beyond the narrow fix needed to prevent DACA recipients from being deported.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. [Senator] wants to protect Dreamers, but [she / he] thinks it is important that we end the diversity visa lottery and secure our border as part of any deal to protect Dreamers. Taken together, these changes will make our country safer and more economically prosperous.
Caller: Dreamers are not a bargaining chip to be used to advance Trump's racist policies. Every Congressional leader AND Trump himself supports keeping Dreamers in America because it's the only home they've ever known; Congress must keep the promise that we made to Dreamers when DACA was first started. I ask that [Senator] vote to permanently protect them from deportation and oppose the family ban, more ICE agents, and the border wall.
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.