**A special thank-you to Alycia Ramirez for contributing this action**
Despite the urges and pleas from community leaders, pro-immigrant rights organizations around the country, citizens, politicians and congresspeople from both sides, Trump is set to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as early as Tuesday. Ending these protections would turn the lives of 800,000 young immigrants and their families upside down, and cause many young immigrants who have gained employment through the program to lose their jobs and livelihoods.
Even worse, in a move of ultimate betrayal, the personal information recipients have given to the government in good faith, which includes fingerprints, could be used against them for mass deportation. This is not only despicable but unacceptable.
Action 1: Email your Representatives to protect DACA Recipients and their personal information
Yesterday we urged you to call your representatives. Today we'd like you to email them as well, and ask them to sign on to a special DACA Resolution sponsored by Wallingford Indivisible and signed by Seattle Indivisible (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fdlqihfq6j54fm3m-JdEpW0TfTELf1aKUjeiXlizf0M/edit?usp=sharing). We have provided scripts below, but we urge you to use your own words:
Senator Patty Murray: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
Senator Maria Cantwell: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
Representative Pramila Jayapal: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email
Representative Adam Smith: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact
Sample Script for Senators:
"My name is [NAME] and I'm writing from [CITY, ZIP] to ask [MOC NAME] to co-sponsor the bipartisan Durbin-Graham “DREAM Act” (S. 1615) to create a legislative fix to the predicament of these young Americans, and take their future out of Trump’s hands. I'm also asking Senator [MOC NAME] to sign on to the DACA resolution sponsored by Wallingford Indivisible and ratified by other Indivisible groups and organizations across the state, to protect the DACA database from being used for mass deportation (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fdlqihfq6j54fm3m-JdEpW0TfTELf1aKUjeiXlizf0M/edit?usp=sharing). I also ask that you urge your Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives to openly support and sign on to these measures."
Sample Script for Representatives:
Hi - My name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP] to ask [MOC NAME] to co-sponsor Rep. Gutierrez’s American Hope Act (H.R. 3591). I'm also asking Senator [MOC NAME] to sign on to the DACA resolution sponsored by Wallingford Indivisible and ratified by other Indivisible groups and organizations across the state, to protect the DACA database from being used for mass deportation (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fdlqihfq6j54fm3m-JdEpW0TfTELf1aKUjeiXlizf0M/edit?usp=sharing). I also ask that you urge your Republican colleagues in the house of representatives to openly support and sign on to these measures.
Action 2: Ask Your friends in Eastern Washington to email their Congressperson (use the script above):
· Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05): https://mcmorris.house.gov/contact/
More Information and Resources:
· The Resolution to protect DACA, crafted by Alx Dark from Wallingford Indivisible, urges our Senators and state leadership to protect both the program and the database of recipients from being used for mass deportation. That resolution can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fdlqihfq6j54fm3m-JdEpW0TfTELf1aKUjeiXlizf0M/edit?usp=sharing
· DACA has greatly benefited over 800,000 immigrants who arrived in the country as young children, by granting them a work visa to work legally within the U.S that has in turn allowed recipients better job opportunities, the ability to get drivers licenses and to purchase their first house or car. Here's more information about it : https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/tell-senator-defend-daca-support-durbin-graham-dream-act/
· All persons living on our soil, regardless of legal status or lack thereof, are guaranteed certain rights under the 14th Amendment of our constitution. It is important that all undocumented or DACAmented community members know their rights and also seek legal counsel if they haven’t already done so. Here is a printable list of resources regarding rights with ICE, how to prepare for an immigration raid, and pro bono immigration legal aid in our state : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_8bqThl-dzWTUxlS3FVUFV2UzQ
· Also, a resource list for educators, on how to talk to and help their students and students' families prepare for an ICE raid, and to get educated on their rights, is here: https://www.aft.org/our-community/immigration