AUGUST 25, 2017--We are very concerned about two categories of immigrants in the United States - those who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), commonly known as DREAMers, and those who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Federal officials have said that President Trump is considering terminating both programs, which could leave well over one million people in the United States at risk of deportation.
URGENT: 5 WAYS TO DEFEND DACA & TPS
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition and the Latin America Working Group offer ways you can take action.
1) SOLIDARITY ACTIONS: SEPTEMBER 1 - 5 HUNGER FAST IN TEXAS
On Friday, September 1st an estimated 50 DACA recipients will begin a hunger fast in Austin, Texas, that will last until September 5th, the deadline the Texas Attorney General and other attorneys general have imposed on President Trump to cancel DACA or face a lawsuit.
Faith communities across the country are joining solidarity actions, vigils, and fasting August 30th - September 5th Sign up today to fast and join an action in solidarity in support of DACA and TPS.
If you are in Austin please sign up for support here.
Connect with local undocumented youth organizations and immigrants rights groups.
2) CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES NOW: (202) 224-3121*
*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators.
Sample Script: "I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to terminate it. DACA has provided nearly 800,000 young people the opportunity to pursue their dreams. I urge you to do everything in your power to protect DACA and stand in solidarity with immigrant youth.”
3) ONLINE ACTION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Please tweet @realDonaldTrump and your Senators/Representatives:
“.@[HANDLE], protect DACA! My community stands with immigrant youth! #DefendDACA #HeretoStay”
See more resources and ideas for social media action in this Digital Toolkit.
4) WRITE AN OPINION EDITORIAL IN SUPPORT OF DACA
Please click here for template Op-Eds that you can localize and add personal stories. See a recent Op-Ed in Baltimore Sun by local bishops, and others atwww.interfaithimmigration.org/issues/dream-act/.
5) DEFEND TPS FOR HONDURANS AND SALVADORANS
Before September 7: Ask your Representatives to join their fellow members of Congress in asking the Secretary of Homeland Security to save TPS.http://bit.ly/SaveTPS2018