Defending DACA Resources
News sources are reporting that President Trump is considering terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This move would turn our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Terminating DACA would place the nearly 800,000 DREAMers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation. We need to call on our elected leaders TODAY to keep the DACA program intact. More information at http://defenddaca.com/
Vigils and events are on defenddaca.com and will be posted on United We Dream on Twitter and Facebook. @unitedwedream https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWeDream
DACA Graphics from different organizations for use on social media
DACA Facebook Videos to Share
OFA The Dream Is Now documentary (30 minutes)
Talking Points if Trump Rescinds DACA
DACA Announcement Reaction Toolkit by Defend Our Dreams
Indivisible Guide Call To Action
If DACA is Rescinded Media Advisories template from Interfaith Workers Justice
#undocuhope #United4Texas Tweet Sheet
Hastag for all tweets and posts
#DefendDACA and #RiseAndOrganize
DACA Related Actions
1) CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON
*Please call your 1 Representative and then your 2 Senators
Sample Script: “Hi, my name is X and I’m calling from City, State and my zip code is X. I am a person of faith. I’m deeply concerned about the reports that President Trump could end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this week. I support the program and strongly oppose any attempt to terminate or alter it. I urge the Senator/Representative to do everything in his/her power to protect 800,000 DACA-recipients from deportation and support their right to work and study in this country. There are three things I’m hoping your office will do right now. Can the Senator/Representative appeal directly to the President to keep this program in place, issue a public statement of support for DACA recipients, and support a clean passage of S.1615 (DREAM ACT)/H.R.3591, the HOPE Act of 2017?”
IF DACA IS RESCINDED SAMPLE SCRIPT: “Hi, my name is X and I’m calling from City, State and my zip code is X. As a person of faith, I strongly oppose President Trump rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This move is devastating for my community. I urge the Senator/Representative to do everything in his/her power to protect 800,000 DACA-recipients from detention or deportation and push for a pathway to citizenship through the immediate and clean passage of S.1615 (DREAM ACT)/H.R.3591, the HOPE Act of 2017?
2) DC HUNGER FAST SOLIDARITY ACTIONS
From September 5th-September 8th, United We Dream (UWD) and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) are organizing a hunger fast in Washington, DC to stand in solidarity with DACAmented community members and #defendDACA. DACA recipients will begin a hunger fast on September 5th, the deadline the Texas Attorney General and others have imposed on Trump to cancel DACA or face a lawsuit. It will last throughout the week. Click here to join an action in solidarity to support DACA and TPS. If you are in DC RSVP here for action on September 5th.
From now until September 5th, NAKASEC is holding a 24-hour vigil in front of the White House to defend DACA and save TPS. The action today will also include calls to say #NoMuslimBanEver. Please join us! Sign up to be part of the solidarity fast, vigils and actions
3) Faith Leaders
Faith leaders: We invite you to host solidarity vigils around the country. Click here for a faith vigil toolkit to learn how to host an interfaith vigil and sample media resources to amplify its coverage! For more resources, click here for a DACA mini faith toolkit. You can also connect with local undocumented youth organizations and immigrants rights groups.
Faith communities across traditions have repeatedly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to immigrant youth and their families, advocating for the DREAM Act, writing letters and filing Amicus briefs in support of the DACA program, and calling on all elected leaders to champion policies that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals in the United States.
Follow @InterfaithImm on Twitter and “like” the Interfaith Immigration Coalition on Facebook to receive up-to-date alerts. Please tell us if you take action (opens a new webpage)!
4) ONLINE ACTION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Please tweet @realDonaldTrump and your Senators/Representatives:
We are called to #LoveThyNeighbor + welcome the stranger. @realDonaldTrump Dreamers deserve our protection #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA
Dreamers are: students, teachers, doctors, small-business professionals & integral to our communities & economies #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA
.@realDonaldTrump Ending DACA= loss of $460.3 B from GDP over 10 years + removal of 685,000 workers from economy. #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA
.@realDonaldTrump Young immigrants who have long called America their home shouldn’t be stripped of legal status #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA
.@realDonaldTrump Faith communities continue to fight to #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA DefendDACA.com
People of faith call on @realDonaldTrump to #defendDACA + the 800,000 immigrant youth it protects #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA
800,000 immigrant youth could lose their jobs and stability for their families if @realDonaldTrump eliminates #DACA #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA
Over 5 yrs DACA has provided work permits to undocumented youth +invigorated our communities #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA DefendDACA.com
With DACA, immigrant youth have been able to purchase homes and support their children. We have to #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA
My faith community stands with DACAmented immigrant neighbors & call on Congress + @realDonaldTrump to #defendDACA #Faith4DACA
Ave hourly wages rose by 69% after DACA=more tax revenue for cities, states, & U.S. https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=437956#DefendDACA #Faith4DACA @realDonaldTrump
16% of DACA recipients bought houses, 5% started businesses https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=437956 #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA @realDonaldTrump
At least 72% of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA beneficiaries https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=437956#DefendDACA #Faith4DACA @realDonaldTrump
Click to tweet at Members of Congress facts about DACA and calls for them to engage. See more resources and ideas for social media action in this Digital Toolkit.
5) WRITE AN OPINION EDITORIAL IN SUPPORT OF DACA
Please click here for template Op-Eds that you can localize and add personal stories. See a recent Op-Ed in Baltimore Sun by local bishops, and others at www.interfaithimmigration.org/issues/dream-act/.
5) KNOW & SHARE THE MESSAGE TO DEFEND DACA & TPS
For DACA recipients: 5 Things You Should Know
Factsheets & Sample Social Media Posts
Sign On Letters
In case you’re going on air today & weekend – TOPLINES: [frame – a no decision today as a win for our side and a demonstration of how organizing and pressure can win]
- When Trump and the WH took a good look at the human consequences of upending the lives of 800,000 Dreamers, they blinked. And for good reasons: DACA works, those with DACA are Americans in all but paperwork, and it would be heartless and cruel to dash their futures. Clearly, the outpouring of support from business leaders, faith communities, educators, governors, mayors, Democrats and a growing number of Republicans has made it clear that the country stands with Dreamers. This undoubtedly made a difference in this WH decision.
- Trump, Republicans in Congress should call on Paxton to back off. Paxton created this unnecessary crisis with an artificial deadline, and he can end it by pulling back. Paxton should focus on the crisis in Texas and not create a new one for the nation.
- DACA should be kept in place and Congress should step up and enact a permanent solution – a clean DREAM Act – without delay and without turning Dreamers or the DREAM Act into bargaining chips.