January 16, 2018
Call Your Member of Congress and Tell Them to Pass a Clean Dream Act Now!
Despite last week’s ruling by a federal judge in California to temporarily block Trump’s elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)–the program implemented by President Obama allowing some immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to stay and work in the country they grew up in (“the Dreamers”), and which Trump issued an executive order to end in September–the fight to pass a clean Dream Act is far from over. Trump’s blatant attack on immigrant communities has catapulted the fate of nearly 800,000 young people into uncertainty. Time is up, and Congress must act now to provide permanent relief to the Dreamers by passing a clean Dream Act as part of the FY18 spending bill.
Nearly 15,000 DACA holders have lost their status already, and 122 young people lose their DACA status every day. Congress must provide a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers without using them as bargaining chips to enact harmful immigration policies, such as allocating billions of dollars to fund and militarize Trump’s border wall, increasing surveillance and criminalization of immigrant communities and ramping up mass deportation efforts.
Get the Facts
Learn more about DACA and the Dream Act:
National Immigration Law Center Dream Act 2017 Overview
Call your Senators TODAY! You can say:
Hello, My name is _______ and I am a person living with/concerned about HIV. The President’s decision to end DACA was an attack on immigrant communities and their families who are an important and vibrant part of this country. Through DACA, young people were able to work, go to school and obtain a driver’s license. For people living with HIV, having these protections can mean the difference between accessing health care and other vital services or death. If you fail to pass a clean Dream Act, thousands of young people could be arrested and deported out of the only country they have ever known. Can I count on you to pass a clean Dream Act as part of the spending FY 18 spending bill?
List of Target Republican Senate Offices:
Sen. McCain (R-AZ): (202) 224-2235
Sen. Rubio (R-FL): (202) 224-3041
Sen. Heller (R-NV): (202) 224-6244
Sen. Corker (R-TN): (202) 224-3344
Sen. Hoeven (R-ND): (202) 224-2551
Sen. Sasse (R-NE): (202) 224-4224
Sen. Hatch (R-UT): (202) 224-5251
Sen. Tillis (R-NC): (202) 224-6342
Sen. Lankford (R-OK): (202) 224-5754
Clean Dream Act Talking Points (Emerson Collective)
- Before DACA was rescinded, it allowed undocumented young immigrants who came to this country as children to receive permission to work, study and obtain driver’s licenses without threat of deportation
- 82% of Americans back an approach allowing Dreamers to stay in the U.S.
- Passing the Dream Act would increase GDP $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years
- Would create 1.4 million jobs by 2030
- Not passing the act would lead to 1,400 Dreamers losing their jobs each week
- Not passing the act will mean 2 million Dreamers will have to leave the U.S., the country they grew up in
- 3 out of 4 Dreamers have a U.S. citizen sibling, spouse, or child. That means tearing families apart
- Imagine what it would be like to grow up in America, go to school, work and make friends here, and then be told that you had to leave—to a country you may not even remember.
Spread the Word: Medicaid Work Requirements Are Bad News!
The Trump Administration’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance last Thursday encouraging state governments to attach work requirements to Medicaid eligibility. And Friday, Kentucky became the first state to get the green light for its work requirements. At least nine more states have submitted waivers with work requirements.
The premise upon which these work requirements are based is the old classist, racist myth that many Medicaid recipients are simply lazy, and do not have insurance because they refuse to work. In fact, most Medicaid recipients who can work, do work, or are looking for work. Other recipients are too old, too young, are disabled, or are caring for children or elderly or disabled family members. Adding work requirements to Medicaid eligibility will not increase employment or reduce poverty; they will only take health care away from low-income people.
Get the Facts:
- Read or hear more about how these work requirements will harm low-income people here.
- Read how the changes will impact people with disabilities and chronic conditions here.
- Does your state have Medicaid waivers? Check here.
Take Action!While the fact that Medicaid waivers are requested at the state level and handled by an agency of the federal government (rather than legislation) makes fighting these changes more challenging, it is crucial to make sure everyone knows what is happening and why it is damaging–especially folks in states with pending waivers.
Help spread the word on social media! Use the graphics below on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find sample posts in this social media toolkit from Legal Impact Network.