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Learn Which Members of Congress Didn’t Hold Out for a DACA Resolution During the 2017 CR Vote

This OTYCD entry originally appeared in January 2018.

Learn which members of Congress failed to vote ‘no’ on the 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) vote without also voting for a clean ‘Dream’ Act, aka a resolution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

 

Congress needed to pass a CR to keep the government funded (really, it’s a vote to pay bills that we’ve already accrued) for a set period of time. As the GOP tax bill raged on, the Republicans agreed to a two-week CR, and on December 21, they voted for a new CR to keep things humming along until January 19, 2018.

 

The CR included six months of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which had expired on September 30, 2017. It did NOT include any help for people affected by DACA, aka the Dreamers.

 

Supporters of the Dream Act want its passage to be ‘clean,’ which means it is simply passed without other unrelated stuff being attached to it. They wanted Democrats to use their leverage over the CR vote to force their Republican colleagues to pass the Dream Act, too.

 

Our friends at Indivisible have kept the spotlight on the plight of the Dreamers, and have consistently pushed for passage of a clean Dream Act. After the December 21 Congressional vote, they put up a website, the Dreamer Pledge, that laid out who supported tying the CR to a clean Dream act.

 

 

‘Dream Heroes’ are those who favored passing a CR with a clean Dream Act. Check this link and see which of your MoCs are here, and hit the button to get the appropriate call script:

https://www.dreamerpledge.org/dream-heroes/

 

 

‘Dream Killers’ are those who have not agreed to vote no on a CR that lacks a clean Dream Act. Again, see which of your MoCs are here, and hit the button to get the appropriate call script:

https://www.dreamerpledge.org/dream-killers-1/

 

 

Also see the Dreamer Pledge home page:

https://www.dreamerpledge.org

 

 

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Read about the CR passed on December 21:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/after-passing-tax-overhaul-gop-returns-to-infighting-as-shutdown-deadline-looms/2017/12/21/dfad1890-e659-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html?utm_term=.ce30089dbb3a

 

 

Read about the CR’s inclusion of a stopgap measure for CHIP:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/childrens-insurance-other-health-programs-funded–for-now–in-bill/2017/12/22/127fc520-e744-11e7-927a-e72eac1e73b6_story.html?utm_term=.2dbea80d46c1

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Call Your MoCs About CHIP, DACA, and the Shutdown, January 22 Update

Call your MoCs about renewing CHIP, finding a DACA solution, and ending the government shutdown, January 22 update.

To recap: CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It covers the medical needs of about nine million American children. Passed in 1997, it expired on September 30, 2017.

Congress should have renewed it before it expired. But Congress is controlled by the GOP, which had other priorities.

Donald Trump deliberately left those covered by the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program hanging when he pulled the plug on it last year (something he did not have to do) and gave Congress until March 2018 to act.

The people in the DACA program are often called the “Dreamers.” Their parents brought them to America when they were small; they are Americans in every respect except that they lack citizenship documents.

Damn near everyone agrees that Congress should fund the doctor bills of poor kids and should not kick out people who’ve lived in America for most if not all of their conscious lives. The GOP is dithering on the first, and Trump and his white supremacist toadies in the White House are mucking with the second.

Said dithering and mucking lead directly to the government shutdown that started on January 20, 2018

We at OTYCD are asking you to call your MoCs again today.

If they’re Dems, thank them for holding firm and for trying to find work-arounds such as a bill that will fund affected members of the military.

If they’re Republicans, give them a piece of your mind. Tell them to send Trump a version of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that renews CHIP and protects the Dreamers.

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_pewter), who you should follow on Twitter (you are, right?) has a calling script to use with Republicans:

 

To stay on top of things we at OTYCD recommend following the Twitter feeds of:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

And the aforementioned Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

 

They will have news on CHIP/DACA/government shutdown situation faster than we will.

 

 

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Call Your MoCs to Demand a CHIP Renewal and a Clean DACA Bill, January 18, 2018

Call your members of Congress (MoCs) and urge them to renew CHIP and pass a clean DACA bill, dammit. 

CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It covers the medical needs of about nine million American children. Passed in 1997, it expired on September 30, 2017.

Congress should have renewed it before it expired. But Congress is controlled by the GOP, which had other priorities.

Donald Trump deliberately left those covered by the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program hanging when he pulled the plug on it last year (something he did not have to do) and gave Congress until March to act.

The people in the DACA program are often called the “Dreamers.” Their parents brought them to America when they were small; they are Americans in every respect except that they lack citizenship documents.

Damn near everyone agrees that Congress should fund the doctor bills of poor kids and should not kick out people who’ve lived in America for most if not all of their conscious lives. The GOP is dithering on the first, and Trump and his white supremacist toadies in the White House are mucking with the second.

Please call your MoCs–all three of them–and ask them to knock it off and do their jobs.

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_pewter), who you should follow on Twitter (you are, right?) has your calling script:

Now, some discussion of how this is tangled up in the need to avoid a government shutdown.

Congress needs to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded past Thursday, January 18. They passed a short-term CR late last year that expires Friday.

The CR under discussion in the House of Representatives includes a six-year extension for CHIP, but nothing about DACA.

Not including DACA has enough Congresspeople annoyed–mostly Democrats but including some Senators who have been working on a bipartisan solution–to make them tilt against voting for a CR.

Things are still pretty liquid right now, and are changing by the minute, seemingly.

 

To stay on top of things we at OTYCD recommend following the Twitter feeds of:

 

Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt)

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler)

And the aforementioned Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter)

 

They will have news on CHIP/DACA/government shutdown situation faster than we will.

 

Here also are some articles from The Washington Post, Vox, Politico, and The Hill on the situation, and on aspects of it:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/bitter-divisions-over-immigration-military-dollars-threaten-to-derail-government-spending-bill/2018/01/17/45d09082-fbab-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html?utm_term=.acb0f7e619ba

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/17/16900728/archconservative-revolt-government-shutdown

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/18/playbook-government-funding-vote-count-345498

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/17/republicans-government-shutdown-congress-344198

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/369471-dems-harden-line-on-stopgap-measure

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/9/16860802/chip-funding-expired-congress

 

Below is an opinion piece from the Washington Post on the matter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/01/18/yes-congress-could-shut-the-government-down-tomorrow-it-probably-wont/?utm_term=.9c3cc22b952f

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Defend DACA and ACA, Sept 14 Update

Today we’re reminding you to defend Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This post is similar to previous DACA/ACA posts and contains minor updates.

So, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy got two more Republican senators to sign on to their dumpster fire of a health care bill: Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

 

If it passes, it would be a disaster for people who actually need health care. The odds are long–they’d have to get the bill through various hurdles before the September 30 deadline–but seeing as killing Obamacare has been a Captain Ahab versus the white whale situation with Republicans, we are asking you to call your reps today and stick up for stabilizing the ACA.

Below, we will give you a sample script that combines defending DACA and ACA.

Read a Washington Post piece on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-bill-to-block-grant-major-parts-of-the-aca-unveiled/2017/09/13/bdcd1872-988b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.66c65863f13b

Also, on ACA, we recommend you follow Topher Spiro, Ben Wikler, Andy Slavitt, and Celeste Pewter if you aren’t already. They will have news stupid-fast, along with specific actions you can take to fight back right there and then. Their Twitter handles are:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

We still need to pursue DACA. These people need help, and the Congressional iron is still hot, per Ben Wikler (@benwikler). He tweeted on September 5 that passing a law that will affect the DACA folks for the better is doable:

Vote-counters think we have the votes in both houses of Congress to pass the DREAM Act *right now.* Question is if leadership holds the vote

McConnell and Ryan will only hold the vote if they feel massive political pressure. Your channel to pressure them: your own Sens/Reps.

 

We expect to, at minimum, alternate updated calls to action on DACA/ACA with scheduled posts for a little while. We’ll adjust as necessary.

Combo DACA/ACA script is below, but–before calling your MoCs, check their web sites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds to see if they’ve said anything about DACA, bipartisan efforts to shore up ACA, or Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson. Thank them and berate them accordingly.

 

Sample script: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell (Senator/House Rep Lastname) that I support the DACA program and the Dreamers, and I want him/her to pass a law that formally protects them–preferably a law that would not expire. The Dreamers deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially.

I am also asking (Senator/House Rep Lastname) to support efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act and resist the Trump administration’s attempts to withhold Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments. The CSRs are key to making health care markets function. Dithering on them causes needless chaos.

I would also ask (Senator Lastname) to refuse to support the Cassidy-Graham amendment, which could be introduced today. It would gut Medicaid and CSRs and leave millions without care. Thank you for listening.”

 

Read about the likely effects of Cassidy-Graham (now Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson):

https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/cassidy-graham-amendment-would-cut-hundreds-of-billions-from-coverage-programs-cause

 

And here is the previous roll call of #DefendDACA resources.

 

Here’s Indivisible’s #DefendDACA action kit:

http://standup.indivisibleguide.com

 

To stay on top of DACA-related issues and the #DefendDACA effort, check the web page of United We Dream, the leading organization that protects and defends the Dreamers:

http://weareuwd.org

 

Follow United We Dream on Twitter:

@UNITEDWEDREAM

 

Follow the National Immigration Law Center on Twitter:

@NILC_org

 

Use the DACA action kit from the NILC:

http://weareheretostay.org/call/

 

And follow Adrian I. Reyna, director of membership and technology strategies for United We Dream, who has been giving practical advice to DACA-folk and their friends and family:

@isaiasreyna

 

If you want to donate money to directly help those participating in DACA, there are any number of fundraisers for currently enrolled DACA-folk who need help paying their renewal fees before the October 5 deadline.

Follow Muna Mire on Twitter, who is compiling and tracking online fundraisers for people who need help with DACA fees:

@Muna_Mire

 

Here’s United We Dream’s FAQ on the end of DACA and what it might mean:

http://weareheretostay.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions-on-daca-termination/

 

Here’s a good no-nonsense rundown from Teen Vogue on DACA and the consequences of removing it:

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/daca-how-to-help?mbid=social_twitter

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Defend DACA and ACA: September 11 Update

Today you have to defend the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yeah, really. 

We’re asking you to call and support bipartisan efforts to stabilize the ACA today because the odds are good that Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham may introduce their amendment to the GOP health care bill.

If it passes, it would be a disaster for people who actually need health care. The odds are long–they’d have to get the bill through various hurdles before the September 30 deadline–but seeing as killing Obamacare has been a Captain Ahab versus the white whale situation with Republicans, we are asking you to call your reps today and stick up for stabilizing the ACA.

Below, we will give you a sample script that combines defending DACA and ACA.

Also, on ACA, we recommend you follow Topher Spiro, Ben Wikler, Andy Slavitt, and Celeste Pewter if you aren’t already. They will have news stupid-fast, along with specific actions you can take to fight back right there and then. Their Twitter handles are:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

We still need to pursue DACA. These people need help, and the Congressional iron is still hot, per Ben Wikler (@benwikler). He tweeted on September 5 that passing a law that will affect the DACA folks for the better is doable:

Vote-counters think we have the votes in both houses of Congress to pass the DREAM Act *right now.* Question is if leadership holds the vote

McConnell and Ryan will only hold the vote if they feel massive political pressure. Your channel to pressure them: your own Sens/Reps.

 

We expect to, at minimum, alternate updated calls to action on DACA/ACA with scheduled posts for a little while. We’ll adjust as necessary.

Combo DACA/ACA script for your MoCs is below, but–before calling them, check their web sites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds to see if they’ve said anything about DACA, bipartisan efforts to shore up ACA, or Cassidy-Graham. Thank them and berate them accordingly.

 

Sample script: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell (Senator/House Rep Lastname) that I support the DACA program and the Dreamers, and I want him/her to pass a law that formally protects them–preferably a law that would not expire. The Dreamers deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially.

I am also asking (Senator/House Rep Lastname) to support efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act and resist the Trump administration’s attempts to withhold Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments. The CSRs are key to making health care markets function. Dithering on them causes needless chaos.

I would also ask (Senator Lastname) to refuse to support the Cassidy-Graham amendment, which could be introduced today. It would gut Medicaid and CSRs and leave millions without care. Thank you for listening.”

 

Read about the likely effects of Cassidy-Graham:

https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/cassidy-graham-amendment-would-cut-hundreds-of-billions-from-coverage-programs-cause

 

And here is the previous roll call of #DefendDACA resources.

 

Here’s Indivisible’s #DefendDACA action kit:

http://standup.indivisibleguide.com

 

To stay on top of DACA-related issues and the #DefendDACA effort, check the web page of United We Dream, the leading organization that protects and defends the Dreamers:

http://weareuwd.org

 

Follow United We Dream on Twitter:

@UNITEDWEDREAM

 

And follow Adrian I. Reyna, director of membership and technology strategies for United We Dream, who has been giving practical advice to DACA-folk and their friends and family:

@isaiasreyna

 

If you want to donate money to directly help those participating in DACA, there are any number of fundraisers for currently enrolled DACA-folk who need help paying their renewal fees before the October 5 deadline.

Follow Muna Mire on Twitter, who is all over compiling and tracking online fundraisers for people who need help with DACA fees:

@Muna_Mire

 

Here’s United We Dream’s FAQ on the end of DACA and what it might mean:

http://weareheretostay.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions-on-daca-termination/

 

Here’s a good no-nonsense rundown from Teen Vogue on DACA and the consequences of removing it:

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/daca-how-to-help?mbid=social_twitter

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#DefendDACA …and ACA? Sept 7 Update

Yep, you’re defending DACA again today, but there’s also an update on defending the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

On September 6, Senator John McCain made a statement that implied that he favored the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which would gut Medicare and replace it with block grants, among other hideous moves.

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) sounded the alarm. Then McCain followed up and clarified that he might favor Graham-Cassidy after it undergoes a committee hearing, including open debate and the expected democratic good stuff that should have happened with the AHCA bill but didn’t.

The clock doesn’t run out on GOP attempts to kill Obamacare until September 30. The odds of an anti-Obamacare bill getting through normal Senate channels before that date… are not great. But Trumpcare has been The Bill That Will Not Die.

For now, we recommend you follow Topher Spiro, Ben Wikler, Andy Slavitt, and Celeste Pewter if you aren’t already. They will have news stupid-fast, along with specific actions you can take to fight back right there and then. Their Twitter handles are:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Now back to DACA. Some good news, which we’ve woven in at the appropriate places in the standing text. 

The Senate is starting to move on helping DACA enrollees, per this story from The Hill:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/349481-gop-senator-daca-hearings-to-begin-next-week

 

We’re recommending you continue to press your MoCs by calling and demanding that they write a law that protects those in the DACA program.

Ben Wikler (@benwikler) tweeted on September 5 that passing a law that will affect the DACA folks for the better is doable:

Vote-counters think we have the votes in both houses of Congress to pass the DREAM Act *right now.* Question is if leadership holds the vote

McConnell and Ryan will only hold the vote if they feel massive political pressure. Your channel to pressure them: your own Sens/Reps.

 

Here’s hoping the DACA fight doesn’t last as long as the Trumpcare fight.

Before calling your MoCs, check their web sites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds to see if they’ve said anything about DACA. Thank them if they spoke in favor, and berate them if they spoke against it or have said nothing.

 

Possible pro-DACA script for your MoCs: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell (Senator/House Rep Lastname) that I support the DACA program and the Dreamers, and I want him/her to pass a law that formally protects them–preferably a law that would not expire. The Dreamers deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially. Thank you.”

 

 

More than a dozen state attorneys general have stepped up to help DACA-folk by suing the federal government over its plan to take away the program.

Here are the states whose AGs are doing the right thing:

New York

Massachusetts

Washington

District of Columbia

Connecticut

New Mexico

Hawaii

Illinois

North Carolina

Oregon

Rhode Island

Iowa

Delaware

Pennsylvania

Virginia

Vermont

 

See an article from The Hill on the lawsuit:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/349481-gop-senator-daca-hearings-to-begin-next-week

 

California is pursuing a separate suit to force the government to protect the DACA enrollees.

Read about California’s go-it-alone pro-DACA lawsuit:

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-will-file-separate-lawsuit-1504736029-htmlstory.html

 

Nine other state AGs threatened to sue the government if it didn’t kill DACA. Those nine states are:

Texas

Alabama

Arkansas

Kansas

Louisiana

Nebraska

South Carolina

West Virginia

 

The AG of a tenth state, Tennessee, backed out of the anti-DACA lawsuit.

 

Is your state AG doing the right thing? The wrong thing? Or nothing? Call and let them know that you support DACA and they should, too.

 

To learn who your attorney general is, plug your address into this search engine:

whoaremyrepresentatives.org

Scroll down about halfway for your state reps. The name of your attorney general should be there. Click the plus sign to the right of the name and it’ll give you the phone number for your AG’s office.

But before you call, google your AG’s name. Check his or her website and social media platforms. Make note of whether there are any statements about DACA. Be ready to thank or shame the AG accordingly.

 

And remember–be unfailingly polite; don’t call until and unless you can be unfailingly polite (rehearse the script first, out loud, if you need to); and only call the attorney general for your home state.

 

Sample pro-DACA-lawsuit script for your state AG: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to sue the federal government now that Trump has moved to abolish it. Please tell the AG that he/she has my support if he/she initiates or joins a lawsuit to protect DACA and the Dreamers. Thank you.”

Sample script for one of the nine state AGs who threatened to sue Trump to stop DACA: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to know I am disgusted with his/her stance on the program and I will remember this when it comes time to (re-elect him/her, re-up his/her appointment). Thank you.”

Possible thank-you script for Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery, who withdraw from the anti-DACA lawsuit: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want to thank him for leaving the group of attorneys general who are threatening to sue the federal government to end it. I appreciate him having the wisdom to change his mind, and I appreciate him having the strength and courage to do the right thing. Thank you.”

 

Now an updated roll call of #DefendDACA resources.

 

Here’s Indivisible’s #DefendDACA action kit:

http://standup.indivisibleguide.com

 

To stay on top of DACA-related issues and the #DefendDACA effort, check the web page of United We Dream, the leading organization that protects and defends the Dreamers:

http://weareuwd.org

 

Follow United We Dream on Twitter:

@UNITEDWEDREAM

 

And follow Adrian I. Reyna, director of membership and technology strategies for United We Dream, who has been giving practical advice to DACA-folk and their friends and family:

@isaiasreyna

 

If you want to donate money to directly help those participating in DACA, there are any number of fundraisers for currently enrolled DACA-folk who need help paying their renewal fees before the October 5 deadline.

Follow Muna Mire on Twitter, who is all over compiling and tracking online fundraisers for people who need help with DACA fees:

@Muna_Mire

 

Here’s United We Dream’s FAQ on the end of DACA and what it might mean:

http://weareheretostay.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions-on-daca-termination/

 

Here’s a good no-nonsense rundown from Teen Vogue on DACA and the consequences of removing it:

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/daca-how-to-help?mbid=social_twitter

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#DefendDACA, Sept 6 Update

Yep, your plan for today is to #DefendDACA.

Yesterday, Trump announced that he would wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which had been protecting about 800,000 people who came to America before the age of 16. Or, rather, Trump was too cowardly to do it himself and sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do it instead. The plan, supposedly, is to give Congress six months to pass a law that would do what Obama’s 2012 executive order did before the program goes poof.

The news was met with protests, anger, and demands that Congress do something NOW RIGHT NOW to help.

We recommended that you burn up the phone lines calling your MoCs yesterday, and we still recommend it today.

Only sharp, fierce, firm pressure of the sort we generated to fight off Trumpcare will do here. (Yes, that means we at OTYCD may end up doing a multi-day string of posts devoted to one issue. We’ll see.)

Ben Wikler (@benwikler) tweeted on September 5 that passing a law that will affect the DACA folks for the better is doable:

 

Vote-counters think we have the votes in both houses of Congress to pass the DREAM Act *right now.* Question is if leadership holds the vote

McConnell and Ryan will only hold the vote if they feel massive political pressure. Your channel to pressure them: your own Sens/Reps.

 

Here’s hoping the DACA fight doesn’t last as long as the Trumpcare fight.

Before calling your MoCs, check their web sites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds to see if they’ve said anything about DACA. Thank them if they spoke in favor, and berate them if they spoke against it or have said nothing.

 

Possible pro-DACA script for your MoCs: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell (Senator/House Rep Lastname) that I support the DACA program and the Dreamers, and I want him/her to pass a law that formally protects them–preferably a law that would not expire. The Dreamers deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially. Thank you.”

 

Taylor Behnke, who tweets under the handle @ItsRadishTime, is offering to donate $1 to United We Dream for every call you make to your MoCs to #DefendDACA. Friends of hers are contributing $1 as well, raising the bounty to $3 per call. But remember–take a screenshot and tweet it to prove that you made the call:

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Since the news broke on Tuesday, and even a bit before it was made official, several state attorneys general announced they will sue to defend DACA. If you saw yesterday’s post you will remember that nine other state AGs were trying to force Trump’s hand by threatening to sue if he didn’t end DACA.

Back in July, a total of 20 state AGs asked Trump to keep DACA:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/democratic-state-ags-urge-trump-to-keep-daca-say-it-has-boosted-the-economy/2017/07/20/2b13f43c-6da8-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.9639a3d255bd

At least three state AGs have announced that they will sue the government to keep DACA:  Eric Schneiderman of New York; Maura Healey of Massachusetts; and Bob Ferguson of Washington state.

Given that 20 spoke in favor of keeping DACA in July, more than three state AGs will join their counterparts on the lawsuit.

 

To learn who your attorney general is, plug your address into this search engine:

whoaremyrepresentatives.org

Scroll down about halfway for your state reps. The name of your attorney general should be there. Click the plus sign to the right of the name and it’ll give you the phone number for your AG’s office.

But before you call, google your AG’s name. Check his or her website and social media platforms. Make note of whether there are any statements about DACA. Be ready to thank or shame the AG accordingly.

 

And remember–be unfailingly polite; don’t call until and unless you can be unfailingly polite (rehearse the script first, out loud, if you need to); and only call the attorney general for your home state.

 

Sample pro-DACA-lawsuit script for your state AG: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to sue the federal government now that Trump has moved to abolish it. Please tell the AG that he/she has my support if he/she initiates or joins a lawsuit to protect DACA and the Dreamers. Thank you.”

Sample script for one of the nine state AGs who threatened to sue Trump to stop DACA: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to know I am disgusted with his/her stance on the program and I will remember this when it comes time to (re-elect him/her, re-up his/her appointment). Thank you.”

Possible thank-you script for Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery, who withdraw from the anti-DACA lawsuit: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want to thank him for leaving the group of attorneys general who are threatening to sue the federal government to end it. I appreciate him having the wisdom to change his mind, and I appreciate him having the strength and courage to do the right thing. Thank you.”

 

Now an updated roll call of #DefendDACA resources.

 

Here’s Indivisible’s #DefendDACA action kit:

http://standup.indivisibleguide.com

 

To stay on top of DACA-related issues and the #DefendDACA effort, check the web page of United We Dream, the leading organization that protects and defends the Dreamers:

http://weareuwd.org

 

Follow United We Dream on Twitter:

@UNITEDWEDREAM

 

And follow Adrian I. Reyna, director of membership and technology strategies for United We Dream, who has been giving practical advice to DACA-folk and their friends and family:

@isaiasreyna

 

If you want to donate money to directly help those participating in DACA, there are any number of fundraisers for currently enrolled DACA-folk who need help paying their renewal fees before the October 5 deadline.

The YouCaring platform has a fundraiser that is trying to underwrite the DACA application fees for 30 people. As of 8 pm EST on September 5, it had raised just over $10,000 on a goal of $15,000:

https://www.youcaring.com/30dacabeneficiaries-930040

 

Follow Muna Mire on Twitter, who is all over compiling and tracking online fundraisers for people who need help with DACA fees:

@Muna_Mire

 

Here’s United We Dream’s FAQ on the end of DACA and what it might mean:

http://weareheretostay.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions-on-daca-termination/

 

Here’s a good no-nonsense rundown from Teen Vogue on DACA and the consequences of removing it:

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/daca-how-to-help?mbid=social_twitter

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#DefendDACA and the Dreamers, Dammit

Time to step up and defend the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which, if taken away, could force almost one million people who have barely or never known another country to leave the U.S.

Late on Sunday September 3, word started circulating that Trump had decided to rescind the DACA policy, which Obama created in 2012 via executive order when it became clear that Congress would fail to address it. Reportedly, DACA will die after a six-month delay that some are characterizing as a chance for Congress to do what they should have done in the first place and pass a law protecting those affected by DACA, who are known as the Dreamers.

The Dreamers have jumped through a fair number of hoops to qualify and stay in compliance. They must not have criminal records, they have to provide personal information to the government, and they have to pay a fee every now and again. So these are young, promising people, exactly the sort who we want here, and who want to be here. Also, on average, they came here at the age of six. Most know no other country than America. To deport them would be jaw-droppingly cruel.

Also, to be scrupulously fair to Trump–he’s acting because a cluster of states is forcing his hand. Nine attorneys general have stated that if Trump hasn’t made a move on killing DACA by Tuesday, September 5, they’d sue. Jeff Sessions has been pressuring him to kill DACA and kick it back to Congress as well. Sure, Trump could tell them all to go screw, and we here at OTYCD wish he would, but this is not like his weird-ass bullshit ban on transfolk serving in the military in that he’s feeling outside pressure to do this, and do it now.

And we’re saying ‘reportedly’ in this context because we’re writing this post before an official White House announcement comes down about DACA. People expect Trump to do this and are bracing for it, but team Trump has yet to go on record.

Anyway. We need to do what we can to protect the Dreamers. For what it’s worth, prominent Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, have spoken up in favor of the DACA program, and have said explicitly that Trump should not kill it.

If this nonsense actually forces Congress to do the right thing at long last, it could end up being good after all. It will have tortured a bunch of upstanding kids and young adults along the way for no reason, but if they ultimately win the protection of a law rather than an executive order, they’d be better off. But! As always, we the people have to step up and speak up, loudly and firmly, to make our leaders do the right thing.

 

So, first off, if you live in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, or West Virginia, call your state attorney general and ask him to drop the threat of a lawsuit against the federal government to end DACA.*

Their contact information is here (thanks to CAP Action for compiling it and the Women’s March for tweeting it). And remember, ONLY CALL IF YOU ACTUALLY LIVE IN THESE STATES:

Ken Paxton, Texas: 512.463.2100

Steve Marshall, Alabama: 334.242.7300

Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas, 501.682.2007

Derek Schmidt, Kansas, 785.296.2215

Jeff Landry, Louisiana, 225.326.6079

Doug Peterson, Nebraska, 402.471.2683

Alan Wilson, South Carolina, 803.734.3970

Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia, 304.558.2012

 

Possible anti-lawsuit script for the nine AGs: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him to leave the group of attorneys general who are threatening to sue the federal government to end it. The Dreamers are not the problem, and they deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially. Thank you.”

 

If you live in Tennessee, call attorney general Herbert Slatery and thank him for pulling his state out of the threatened suit. But again, only call if you actually live in Tennessee:

Herbert Slatery, Tennessee, 615.741.3491

 

Possible thank-you script for AG Slatery: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want to thank him for leaving the group of attorneys general who are threatening to sue the federal government to end it. I appreciate him having the wisdom to change his mind, and I appreciate him having the strength and courage to do the right thing. Thank you.”

 

If you live in the other 40 states, call your attorney general on Tuesday, September 5 and urge him or her to sue the federal government if it takes DACA away.

To learn who your attorney general is, plug your address into this search engine:

whoaremyrepresentatives.org

Scroll down about halfway for your state reps. The name of your attorney general should be there. Click the plus sign to the right of the name and it’ll give you the phone number for your AG’s office.

 

Sample script for your state AG: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to sue the federal government if it moves to abolish it. Please tell the AG that he/she has my support if he/she initiates or joins a lawsuit to protect DACA and the Dreamers. Thank you.”

 

Everyone, regardless of the states we call home, needs to call our MoCs and ask them to defend DACA.

Possible pro-DACA script for your MoCs: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell (Senator/House Rep Lastname) that I support the DACA program and the Dreamers, and I want him/her to pass a law that formally protects them–preferably a law that would not expire. The Dreamers deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially. Thank you.”

 

To stay on top of DACA-related issues and the #DefendDACA effort, check the web page of United We Dream, the leading organization that protects and defends the Dreamers:

http://weareuwd.org

 

In particular, check this page, see if there’s a pro-DACA protest near you on September 5, and attend it if you can:

https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/defend-daca-on-september-1st?source=indivisible

 

If you can’t–and you won’t be the only one who can’t go, seeing as it happens right after Labor Day weekend–get on social media and promote the #DefendDACA and #HereToStay hashtags as best you can. And definitely call all your MoCs. They need to hear from you on this.

On Twitter, follow @UNITEDWEDREAM and @womensmarch

 

Read about the evident coming disappearance of DACA:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/03/trump-dreamers-immigration-daca-immigrants-242301

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-surrogates-say-ending-daca-could-be-good-for-us-workers/2017/09/03/b61b2176-90cc-11e7-89fa-bb822a46da5b_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_daca-1235am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ba95c9630b11

 

Read about Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery changing his mind and withdrawing his support for the lawsuit to end DACA:

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/01/reversal-tennessee-ag-pulls-support-effort-end-daca/626221001/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/01/politics/tennessee-daca-trump-threat-off/index.html

 

*We’re aware that the original tweets calling for action included the Twitter handles of all nine AGs. We are not including those handles in our post because we are not convinced that tweeting at the AGs will do anything to help the #DefendDACA cause.