The government will shut down this Friday, December 8, unless Congress passes a “continuing resolution” (CR) allowing it to extend the current government funding levels and keep the government open temporarily. Republicans need votes from Democratic senators in order to pass the CR.
Trump upended the lives of 800,000 Dreamers in September when he rescinded an Obama-era executive action allowing them to apply for work permits and live without fear of deportation. Congress must act immediately to protect Dreamers by passing a clean Dream Act now, and the CR is the best vehicle for this.
Six Senators, including Senator Warren, have become Dreamer Heroes by pledging to vote on the CR only if the Dream Act is attached, but, so far, Senator Markey and Congressman Keating have not taken the Dreamer Pledge.
Call Senator Markey (202-224-2742) and Congressman Keating (202) 225-3111 to ask them to be heroes to Dreamers by taking the Dream Pledge.
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT
Caller: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [place in state]. Could you please tell me whether Senator Mrsupports protecting Dreamers as part of the Continuing Resolution?
IF MOC SUPPORTS DREAM IN THE CR
Staffer: Yes! The [Senator/Congressman] is totally opposed to the decision to end DACA and won’t vote for a Continuing Resolution unless it includes the DREAM Act.
Caller: I’m glad to hear that. Will the [Senator/Congressman] pledge to be a “Dreamer Hero” and protect Dreamers from deportation? The Dreamer Pledge is a public commitment to do everything he/she can to pass the DREAM Act as soon as possible, including withholding [her/his] support for the Continuing Resolution unless it includes the DREAM Act.
Staffer: I’m not sure.
Caller: Please ask the [Senator/Congressman] to make a public commitment so Dreamers know he/she is standing with them. 27 members of the House and 6 members of the Senate have already taken the Dreamer Pledge, and an additional 34 Republican Members of Congress signed a letter saying that “we must pass legislation that protects DACA recipients from deportation” by the end of this year.
IF MOC DOESN’T SUPPORT DREAM IN THE CR
Staffer: The [Senator/Congressman] doesn’t think that a legislative fix for DACA is an emergency; the president gave us until March to address this program, and we have more urgent concerns right now.
Caller: There are at least six senators and dozens of representatives— including Republicans—who disagree with you. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. For those young people and their families, this is an emergency and we must take this opportunity to protect them by including the DREAM Act in the Continuing Resolution.
Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the [Congressman / Senator].
Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the [Congressman / Senator] decides to do.
In September, Trump announced that he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era program providing relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants. As a result, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. There is bipartisan support for the Dream Act in both the Senate and House. And the bill enjoys massive support from the American public.
Because Congress needs to pass a government funding bill this week, this is our last chance this year to protect Dreamers from Trump’s deportation machine.
Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), as well as Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) have already stepped up and taken the Dreamer Pledge, but they can’t be alone. We need more Democrats to answer our call, take the Dreamer Pledge, and use their leverage.