After the administration’s announcement that it plans to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth now face tremendous uncertainty about their future. They stand to lose their jobs and their homes. They could face separation from their families and deportation to a country entirely foreign to them. These young people have put themselves on the line to work, attend college, or serve in the military in order to help their families, their communities, and their country—our country. Now it’s time for us to go to work for them.
Two things you can do right now:
1. Contact your representatives in Congress and demand they work together to pass the DREAM Act quickly in order to protect DACA recipients from deportation. While DACA protected its recipients from deportation, it did not provide them with a pathway to legal status in the U.S. Now we can do better. The DREAM Act would provide these young people with the stability and security they so deserve.
Sample script: “Hello, my name is _____, and I am one of your constituents in zip code _____. I am calling to ask Senator/Representative _____to support legislation that will protect children and young people affected by the termination of DACA. Please support the DREAM Act, because we need these young people just as much as they need us.”
2. Get the word out. Let it be known publicly that you’ll stand up for DACA recipients. Post a supportive message on social media, join an event to help defend DACA, or write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Sample tweets or Facebook posts:
I stand with Dreamers. They are my friends, my neighbors, my colleagues, my family.
I support children, healthy families, and healthy communities.
DACA is constitutional and DACA recipients deserve Congressional protection. Pass the Dream Act.
Hashtags: #DACA #IStandWithDreamers #defendDREAMERS #DefendDACA #HereToStay
DACA recipients, brought to the U.S. as young children, are no less American than you or I. Let’s show them their country has their back.
The Young Center