Updated December 19, 2017
Support the passage of Federal Legislation to Permanently Protect the DREAMERs
On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that they were going to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Since this executive order was implemented in June 2012, DACA has provided protection from deportation and work permits to almost 800,000. Another 1.1M young undocumented immigrants were brought to the U.S. as children but were not old enough to apply for DACA protection but have DREAMS of remaining in the U.S.
Because the effective date to rescind DACA is not until March 2018, Congress has the opportunity to find a lasting solution by passing legislation to protect DACA recipients from deportation. Reflecting the nationwide support for the Dreamers, several bills have been introduced by congressional representatives from both political parties in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. However they need to be scheduled for hearings and votes.
We need your help now to make sure that federal legislation is passed in 2017 to protect the Dreamers. In order for any bill to go into effect, it must be passed by both the Senate and the House and signed by the President. Then the Department of Homeland Security needs to develop implementation procedures. That is why it is imperative that hearings and votes get scheduled now.
Contact your Congressperson and both Florida Senators. Call, email or visit each of them. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do.
- State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
- Like most Americans you support Dreamers remaining in the country permanently.
- Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year, and to support:
- A “clean” bill – one that is not tied to other immigration related issues such as funding the wall with Mexico or stripping current protections for unaccompanied minors from Central America.
- A bill that provides Dreamers legal status and a pathway to citizenship.
US House of Representatives from this area
visit website and complete template http://castor.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202)225-3376 or (813)871-2817
visit website and complete template https://crist.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569
US Senators for Florida
visit website and complete template www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
Phone: (202) 224-5274 or 813-225-7040
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Understand the Issues
The League of Women Voters is here to help you understand this complex subject. As a national organization we have studied this issue and developed a position that forms the framework for our advocacy and education.
Due to the considerable amount of misinformation being spread about immigrants and the economic and social costs of suggested solutions — our Immigration Committee has developed an educational campaign to provide you with facts you should know about these aspects of immigration:
- Birthright Citizenship
- Border Wall with Mexico
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — DACA
- Deferred Action for Parental Accountability — DAPA
- Dream Act
- Immigration Law
- Undocumented Immigrants
- DACA Update — 2017 DREAM Act Legislation
Get Involved — Make a Difference
Join an Immigration Action Group: Building Coalitions, Gathering FACTS, Executive Orders/Federal Legislation and Florida Bills. email Karen Coale at firstname.lastname@example.org