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PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERS END TO THE DACA PROGRAM, NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND WITH IMMIGRANT AND UNDOCUMENTED SURVIVORS!

This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program effective March 5, 2018. DACA, a policy implemented by President Obama in 2012, has protected nearly 800,000 people brought to the US as children from deportation in the 5 years since it was implemented. These young people, often identified as 'dreamers', are leading successful lives here in the United States, starting families, earning college degrees, pursuing careers and giving back to their communities. In Wisconsin alone there are roughly 14,000 potentially eligible DACA recipients, with over 8,000 applications accepted as of March, 2017.

When a survivor’s immigration status, or the status of a family member, is uncertain, abusers exploit fears of deportation and separation from their families to stop them from reporting crimes or even seeking out protective services. The Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program will only exacerbate this fear and put countless survivors all across the country at even greater risk of harm and manipulation.

No person deserves to have their life destroyed because of their status as an immigrant, documented or undocumented. 
Some of our strong allies in Congress have introduced the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 (H.R 3440 and S. 1615) which would grant legal status to young dreamers who arrived in the United States before turning 18, thus allowing them an opportunity to continue living and working in the United States. Join us in urging Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, or enact similar legislation that would ensure survivors and witnesses of crimes like domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking feel safe to report crimes without fear that seeking justice will put them at risk of being deported. 

Call Senator Ron Johnson, Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of our WI Congressional leaders and tell them:

  • Thanks to the DACA, hundreds of thousands of young people have been able to live and thrive in the US. 
  • DACA has helped thousands of young people get work authorization to support themselves and their families. 
  • Ending DACA will cost the American economy billions of dollars while doing nothing to reform our immigration system.
  • Without DACA, victims and their families will be at increased risk of violence and manipulation at the hands of abusers.

Find your Senators’ and Representatives' phone numbers by entering your zipcode in the space provided at this link

Sample telephone script: Hello, my name is [your name], and I am calling from [your city and/or organization].  I am calling to urge [your Senator/Representative’s name] to support the DREAM act to grant lawful immigration status to eligible DACA recipients. By providing deferred deportation status and work authorizatoin, DACA has helped thousands of young people support themselves and thrive in the US.
 Without DACA, victims and their families will be at increased risk of violence and manipulation at the hands of abusers

Find your Senators’ and Representatives' Twitter handles here:
 
Sample Tweet: @YourSenator’sHandle, #DACA allows families to stay together and keeps survivors safe, Congressional leaders need to pass the #DREAMact NOW!  
 
Sample Facebook Post: The rollback of DACA will only further stifle reporting of crimes and push more victims to the shadows of our society where they are increasingly vulnerable to manipulation and violence. I demand that our WI Congressional leaders like Senator Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan support The DREAM Act to grant legal status to young “Dreamers” who arrived in the United States before turning 18, thus allowing them an opportunity to continue living and working in the United States. 

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