Time Is Running Out. Defend DACA NOW!
NOW is raising the alarm to our activists: Help save DACA before Trump’s March 5 deadline. Congress seems to have given up support for the program, which will expire completely by March 2018. Ending DACA would restrict civil liberties and hurt women and families. This stops NOW!
Trump’s War on DACA Negatively Impacts Women
Trump’s vow to end DACA severely impacts immigrants, especially young women. Aside from destroying families, ending deportation protections silences women who are experiencing discrimination or harm but cannot report it in fear of the consequences. It is clear that ending DACA is an attack on this country’s most vulnerable.
This policy has forced more than 100 people every day lose their deportation protections.Underlying the urgency, the Trump administration has already rescinded the Temporary Protected Status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. The administration is also forcing young women to bear unwanted pregnancies that resulted from sexual assault during their migration and are poised to write policy that targets young, uninsured, and pregnant immigrants.
In September, Trump gave Congress six months to extend DACA. With the deadline just two months away, Congress is still dragging its feet. After March 5, immigrants will not be able to renew their DACA protections. Thousands of immigrants that have attempted to renew their status since September have had their applications ignored and their protections unfairly removed.
We Must Act!
1.What New York State is Doing
Governor Cuomo has called for passage of a statewide New York DREAM Act, in his 2018 State of the State address. This would allow undocumented college students who arrived here as children to obtain financial aid as part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.
In September, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that New York joined 14 other states and Washington D.C., in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over it’s decision to end the DACA program. New York State is fighting to protect the 42,000 dreamers living within its borders and to apply the state’s sovereign interest in the fair and equal application of the law.
2. Call Congress, Advocate for DACA!
The clock is running out. Call your Congressional representatives NOW. Find their information here and let them know that ending DACA will adversely affect vulnerable young women and families.
Here is a sample script:
My name is ____, and I am calling from ____. I am calling to express my discontent with the White House’s decision to end DACA and ask Senator/Representative ______ to support the DREAM Act, which will protect immigrants affected by the termination of DACA. Eight hundred thousand lives are affected because of the President’s decision to end DACA, and now it is time for Congress to pass a law that would provide a pathway to citizenship for this group of immigrants. Thank you.
3. Get to Know Your Allies
Here are some of the other local organizations that are helping undocumented immigrants with legal services, advocacy, and resources: