Interfaith Immigration Coalition http://www.interfaithimmigration.org Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:29:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Action Alert: Stop The RAISE Act from Separating Families & Reducing Refugee Resettlement http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/08/04/action-alert-stop-the-raise-act-from-separating-families-reducing-refugee-resettlement/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:48:33 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5392 CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TODAY!

Background: Senators Cotton (R-AR) and Perdue (R-GA) introduced the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy” (RAISE) Act, which has garnered support from President Trump and white nativists. We urge all Members of Congress to reject this anti-family and anti-refugee bill that would:

  • Essentially only permit individuals who have certain education levels, work history, English-language ability, or high-paying job offers to enter the United States.
  • Reduce legal immigration channels by 50-70 percent, with an 85 percent cut to family-based immigration.
  • Permanently cap refugee admissions at 50,000 per year, the lowest resettlement goal in U.S. history, during the largest global refugee crisis in world history.
  • Eliminate the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their brothers and sisters, and create an impossible process for them to sponsor their parents for five-year visas, during which time the parents would not be able to work and the child would have to cover all expenses and health insurance costs.
  • Stop green card holders from sponsoring their children over the age of 18.
  • Make family-based visas for spouses and children harder to access by reducing the number of visas available based on the overall number of individuals who overstay their visas – punishing people awaiting family reunification due to unrelated individuals’ actions that they cannot control.
  • Bar individuals from applying for U.S. citizenship if their family sponsor has not reimbursed the government for any expenses incurred.
  • Leave approximately four million people, who have been promised a visa but are waiting in line for it to become available, without any opportunity to reunite with their family members, by deleting applications for eliminated visas that have more than a one-year wait.
  • Eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery, which provides up to 50,000 visas annually for immigrants who do not have access to employment- or family-based visas.
  • Not increase skills-based immigration, or increase jobs or wages for the U.S.-born, as such policies have failed in the past, since immigrants do not depress wages or reduce job growth.

 

CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY: 202-224-3121

Sample Script:

I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I am strongly OPPOSED to Senators Cotton and Perdue’s RAISE Act. This bill would permanently cut refugee resettlement numbers to historic lows, make family reunification inaccessible, and essentially only permit individuals who have certain education levels, employment history, and English-language ability to enter the United States. I urge you to reject this bill and do everything in your power to see that it does NOT become law.

Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with refugees and immigrants.

 

You can also tweet at your Representatives & Senators:

  • .@[REPRESENTATIVE] Welcome #refugees & #families & #immigrants. Say NO to the RAISE Act #RefugeesWelcome #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #GreaterAs1
  • ..@[SENATOR] The RAISE Act would separate families, reject refugees & dishonor American values. Stop this anti-family, anti-refugee bill. #VoteNo

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Webinar: How the Faith Community Can Defend DACA http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/08/03/webinar-how-the-faith-community-can-defend-daca/ Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:16:53 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5389 Please join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition Webinar on how the faith community can Defend DACA on Monday, August 7th, at 4 PM ET/ 1 PM PT.

RSVP Link

After 11 Attorneys General, led by Texas AG Ken Paxton, decided to sue the U.S. Government in an attempt to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has provided relief from deportation for more than 800,000 young people, many are concerned that President Trump may end DACA by September 5th. Without DACA, Dreamers will be under the threat of deportation.

It is extremely urgent and important to rally support in the faith community now for DACA. On this IIC Webinar, will we host a guest speaker from United We Dream, Greisa Martinez, who will share the most effective strategy to defend DACA.

We will also have updates on the DREAM act and the appropriations process and remind people how to take action this August recess to stop funding for more deportations and detention centers and support refugees in this times of crisis.
RSVP Link

 

To join the visual portion go to: http://join.me/faith4immigration

To join the audio portion please call: +1 (202) 602-1295 and enter the conference ID: 354-977-836#

You can also follow the directions on the screen to join by phone.

 

Speakers:

Budget policy update: Jen Smyers, CWS

How to Protect DACA: Greisa Martinez, UWD

Steps forwards/advocacy asks: Kelsey Herbert, CRCNA

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CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY! Block Funding for Border Wall and Border Militarization http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/26/call-your-representative-today-block-funding-for-border-wall-and-border-militarization/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:05:03 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5384 Background: This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a proposal that would balloon an already irresponsible immigration detention and deportation force that separates families and destroys communities. House leadership is voting on this proposal (called the FY18 “minibus”) that would significantly increase funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by $1.6 billion to hire additional Border Patrol agents and begin construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. This funding comes at the expense of vital community programs that promote public safety and alleviate poverty. Walling off America, reducing community safety, and turning our back on those in need are not the answer and violate our values of family unity, fairness, and equality.

An additional $1.6 billion for DHS is as wasteful as it is morally reprehensible. The United States already spends more than $18 billion on immigration enforcement every year. Any efforts to expand the border wall and further militarize immigration enforcement would be government waste. It is critical that Representatives hear from us as constituents who stand with immigrants. Tell your Representative to oppose any budget that would expand the border wall, further militarize our borders, and hurt our community members.

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY: 202-224-3121
Click here to find your Representative

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and my community stands with immigrants. I urge you to vote NO on the FY18 “minibus” that would provide $1.6 billion for a morally bankrupt, wasteful border wall, which only militarizes our border and tears families and communities apart. Instead of investing billions of dollars into walling off America, we should invest in our communities and reflect the best of our American values of compassion, hospitality, and welcome.

Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with refugees and immigrants.

You can also tweet at your Representatives:

  • .@[REPRESENTATIVE] Welcome #refugees & #immigrants. Protect refugee resettlement $ & reduce deportation $ #RefugeesWelcome #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #GreaterAs1
  • .@[REPRESENTATIVE] Cross-border commerce fuels jobs across America. Build bridges, not walls & Vote no on 1.6B #NoBorderWall
  • .@[REPRESENTATIVE] $1.6B #BorderWall mini-bus will threaten world-renowned wildlife refuge. #VoteNo
  • .@[REPRESENTATIVE] Daily commerce btwn San Diego, Tijuana = $2.1M. Better ROI to build bridges, not walls. Vote #NoBorderWall https://goo.gl/41JitF
  • .@[REPRESENTATIVE] Roughly 55k HP computers imported daily in Santa Teresa, NM. #VoteNo on #BorderWall & invest in ports https://goo.gl/AC9TQx
  • .@[REPRESENTATIVE] A #BorderWall is an un-American symbol of division in a nation of immigrants. #VoteNo on House minibus

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS APPLAUD THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE DREAM ACT http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/20/religious-leaders-applaud-the-re-introduction-of-the-dream-act/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:09:55 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5378 RELIGIOUS LEADERS APPLAUD THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE DREAM ACT

 

Washington D.C. – Today, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, which would offer a pathway to legal status for immigrant youth. Faith communities across traditions have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to immigrant youth and their families, and will continue to do so throughout the efforts to pass this legislation, including advocating that the DACA program remain in place until this bill is enacted.

Faith leaders across denominations released the following quotes supporting the Dream Act’s re-introduction:

  • “I am heartened by the news that a new version of the Dream Act is being introduced in Congress. It is long past time to protect people who were brought to this country as children. Nearly 800,00 people, known as ‘the Dreamers,’  were granted DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and should not now be in danger of deportation.  As a faith leader, I believe it is immoral to criminalize people whose families have had to leave other lands, often fleeing violence and extreme poverty, in order to survive. The Dream Act is the first step towards providing a path to citizenship for people who are already a part of the fabric of this nation. It is my hope that one day we will enact policies that recognize our interdependence as one human family.” – Rev. Susan Frederick Gray, President, Unitarian Universalist Association

 

  • “The CWS network is strongly committed to standing with all of our immigrant brothers and sisters, including undocumented young people.” said Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS President and CEO.  “We fully support this legislation and call on all Members of Congress to cosponsor the Dream Act of 2017 to give young immigrants the opportunity to fulfill the American dream. It it vital that this bill be considered in its own right, and not used as a political football to increase spending on building a wall or mounting a deportation force. The passage of a Dream Act is long overdue, as CWS has stood alongside immigrant rights groups and other religious organizations for more than a decade trying to enact such reforms. We pray that legislators remember the common values we all aspire to, which is the most basic of Sunday school lessons: to love our neighbors. There is much that is unknown right now, but what we do know is that God has called us to welcome our immigrant brothers and sisters – CWS will do that no matter what it takes.”

 

  • “As Jesus taught us in Matthew 25, the way we treat the most vulnerable members of our society, including immigrants-the biblical “stranger”, reflects how we treat Christ himself. As faith leaders, we urge members of Congress to prioritize the common good and cosponsor the DREAM Act. Every day millions of families live in fear of disruption or dislocation because of one member’s immigration status. It has become abundantly clear that immigration reform is the moral test of our politics. The 11 million undocumented women, men, and children in the United States are our brothers and sisters. They are our neighbors and church members. Our faith in Jesus Christ will not allow us to remain on the sidelines in such a time as this”- Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners

 

  • “Over more than a decade, Dreamers have tirelessly worked to be acknowledged and afforded the opportunity to fully thrive as U.S. citizens. Time and time again, Congress has let them down. It’s been 16 years since the first bipartisan introduction of similar legislation. These young people should not be required to jump through hoops or wait years to prove themselves worthy of staying in this country that we all call home. Quakers across the country have asked the Friends Committee on National Legislation to work toward a society where everyone’s potential may be fulfilled – in keeping with this faith-based vision, we know that Dreamers deserve nothing less than a swift pathway to citizenship. We applaud Senators Graham and Durbin for working together on this bipartisan legislative fix, and we call on Congress to expeditiously pass the Dream Act of 2017.” – Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers)

 

  • “The Presbyterian Church (USA) reiterates its support for a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, who have fought so tirelessly for their rights and lives to be respected and their voices to be heard. These young people are the future of our church and our nation — when they suffer, we suffer. They have been caught in this limbo for far too long, not knowing if they will be ripped apart from their families and communities. This is not a question of politics, but rather the morality of the American people. We ask for Congress to act on values that are foundational to our faith — to welcome the stranger and love our neighbors — and co-sponsor the reintroduction of the DREAM Act. Presbyterians will continue to stand beside them in solidarity, seeking justice for our neighbors who simply want to stay in a country that we all call home.” – Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

  • “Bread for the World fully supports and urges all members of Congress to cosponsor the DREAM Act. Children, including DREAMers are a trust that God has given to us. They are the future of our communities, and our churches. This legislation provides an opportunity for young adults to continue to thrive and for our nation to prosper.” -Bishop José García, senior advisor for prayer and strategic initiatives, Bread for the World

 

  • “It is time that Congress ensures the vibrant future of our nation by passing this Dream Act. Dreamers, their parents, and other undocumented individuals in the U.S. simply want an opportunity to succeed. They need protection so they can live without fear and fully participate in our society. The introduction of this bipartisan Dream Act is a good first step on the road to immigration reform that promises a path to citizenship for all the hardworking individuals who are positively contributing to our communities and our society. The direct beneficiaries of the Dream Act would be the undocumented young people who have grown up in the United States and are fully participating in their communities, but the reality is that our entire society will benefit by allowing these young folks to move without fear into the center of our society.” –Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice.

 

  • “Following the biblical mandate to love, seek justice, and offer hospitality, The United Methodist Church supports the DREAM Act and other efforts to compassionately reform the United States’ immigration system. Since 2012, the Church has collectively urged Congress to adopt this vital legislation and provide comfort, home, and opportunity to 800,000 young people and their families. Today, Congress has another opportunity to prioritize love, justice and hospitality by passing the DREAM Act. We hope that they join us in welcoming immigrants to the United States as we do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” -The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church

 

  • ”HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, applauds Senators Durbin and Graham for reintroducing the DREAM Act. The young men and women who will benefit from this legislation are already contributing to our country in countless ways, facing challenges many of us can only imagine with dignity, determination, and strength. They belong to this country and embody the best of America. We thank Senator Graham and Senator Durbin for their leadership and urge Congress to enact this legislation.” – Melanie Nezer, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, HIAS

 

  • “Young immigrants have brought vitality, stability, and giftedness to our communities and churches. We must protect them from deportation; but moreover, provide a way for their contributions to become permanently embedded into the future of this country. The CRC stands with DREAMers today, as it has for sixteen years as we have waited and advocated for the crucial passage of the Dream Act. For too long, the path to citizenship has been a dream; we call on Congress to make it a reality.” -Rev. Reggie Smith, Director of Office of Social Justice and Office of Race Relations, Christian Reformed Church in North America

 

  • “Immigrant youth and young adults in our Disciples colleges and universities and throughout institutions and communities around the country are our neighbors, friends, and family members.  We are grateful for the contributions of gifts and courage offered through their lives, and we remain deeply committed to both them and their families.  Today, we celebrate the introduction of The DREAM Act, and pray that the relief it offer for immigrant families will bring about a living out of the Spirit’s intent that ‘our daughters and sons shall prophesy…and dream dreams.’”  -Rev. Ronald J. Degges, President, Disciples Home Missions, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. & Canada

 

  • “The DREAM Act provides desperately needed relief for individuals who came to the United States at an early age through no doing of their own, so that they can pursue higher education and contribute to American society, regardless of their immigration status. These young people are vital for our nation’s future. They must be given opportunities, consistent with the high standards and requirements established in the bill, to complete their education, legalize their status, and contribute back to society to help build the American dream for future generations.” –Richard T. Foltin, Director of National and Legislative Affairs, American Jewish Committee (AJC)

 

  • “The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) applauds the introduction of The Dream Act 2017 and thanks Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) for their bipartisan effort to honor the gift that Dreamers are to this country. Catholic sisters are committed to the gospel mandate to welcome the stranger. They have a long history of accompanying the immigrant community. They continue to minister to these aspiring citizens in schools, hospitals, and service agencies along the southern border and across the country. They know first-hand the fear and uncertainty that plagues these young people.  We urge members of Congress of both parties to reaffirmation of the values upon which this nation was founded by supporting this common sense path to justice for Dreamers and stability for families, communities, and local economies.   LCWR and its members will continue to press for relief for families, an end to needless deportations, and the closure of all family detention centers. We will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that fixes our broken immigration system. We will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children. We will continue to walk with Dreamers and their families and to work with all who struggle for justice for immigrants.”-Joan Marie Steadman, CSC, Executive Director, LCWR

 

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Tell Your State to Stand with Immigrant Youth http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/dacaalerts/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:08:17 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5374 Below is a list of key states that have the power to help defend DACA and the nearly 800,000 dreamers it protects. Please click on your state’s alert below for more information about how to take action and access additional resources! Please email Meredith Owen at mowen@cwsglobal.org with questions.

Arizona: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-arizona/

California: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-california/

Colorado: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-colorado/

Florida: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-florida/

Illinois: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-illinois/

Maryland: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-maryland/

Massachusetts: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-massachusetts/

Nevada: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-nevada/

New Hampshire: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-newhampshire/

New Jersey: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-newjersey/

New Mexico: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-newmexico/

New York: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-newyork/

North Carolina: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-northcarolina/

Texas: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-texas/

Utah: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-utah/

Vermont: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-vermont/

Virginia: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-virginia/

Wisconsin: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-wisconsin/

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT DREAMERS! http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-wisconsin/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:14:53 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5372 Tell Governor Walker to Support DACA and Stand with Immigrant Youth

Background: Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. In spite of President Trump’s prior statements that he would protect Dreamers, he could terminate DACA in the next 60 days, turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Ten states threatened to sue the President if he did not terminate the DACA program by September 5th. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound. Terminating DACA would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation.

DACA has allowed young people to pursue their dreams, live without fear of deportation in the country they call home, and invest in their future and in the future of our country. Ending DACA would be morally reprehensible, denying hundreds of thousands of young people the chance to pursue their dreams. Our immigrant brothers and sisters deserve dignity, welcome, and the opportunity to flourish. Faith communities across traditions have 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. We need our elected officials to protect dreamers by urging the administration to keep the DACA program intact.

CALL GOVERNOR WALKER TODAY!
Phone: (608) 266-1212

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with undocumented youth, support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to end it. DACA has provided the opportunity for nearly 800,000 young people to pursue their dreams. The fact that the administration is considering ending DACA is morally reprehensible, runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for immigrants I see every day in my community. I urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact.”

Please also share a personal story about how immigrants benefit and are welcomed into your community. Click here for additional resources on the economic impact of the DACA program.

You can also tweet Governor Walker: “.@GovWalker, my community stands with immigrants! Support DACA and reject discrimination! @realDonaldTrump #saveDACA”

Please click here for a DACA faith toolkit  and click here for more resources.

Please spread the word and send this alert to your networks!
Please tell us if you take action (opens a new webpage)!
Follow @InterfaithImm on Twitter and “like” the Interfaith Immigration Coalition on Facebook to receive up-to-date alerts.

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT DREAMERS! http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-virginia/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:12:22 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5370 Tell Governor McAuliffe to Support DACA and Stand with Immigrant Youth

Background: Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. In spite of President Trump’s prior statements that he would protect Dreamers, he could terminate DACA in the next 60 days, turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Ten states threatened to sue the President if he did not terminate the DACA program by September 5th. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound. Terminating DACA would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation.

DACA has allowed young people to pursue their dreams, live without fear of deportation in the country they call home, and invest in their future and in the future of our country. Ending DACA would be morally reprehensible, denying hundreds of thousands of young people the chance to pursue their dreams. Our immigrant brothers and sisters deserve dignity, welcome, and the opportunity to flourish. Faith communities across traditions have 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. We need our elected officials to protect dreamers by urging the administration to keep the DACA program intact.

CALL GOVERNOR McAULIFFE TODAY!
Phone: 804-786-2211  

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with undocumented youth, support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to end it. DACA has provided the opportunity for nearly 800,000 young people to pursue their dreams. The fact that the administration is considering ending DACA is morally reprehensible, runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for immigrants I see every day in my community. I urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact.”

Please also share a personal story about how immigrants benefit and are welcomed into your community. Click here for additional resources on the economic impact of the DACA program.

You can also tweet Governor McAuliffe: “.@GovernorVA, my community stands with immigrants! Support DACA and reject discrimination! @realDonaldTrump #saveDACA”

Please click here for a DACA faith toolkit and click here for more resources.

Please spread the word and send this alert to your networks!
Please tell us if you take action (opens a new webpage)!
Follow @InterfaithImm on Twitter and “like” the Interfaith Immigration Coalition on Facebook to receive up-to-date alerts.

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT DREAMERS! http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-vermont/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:09:16 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5367 Tell Governor Phil Scott to Support DACA and Stand with Immigrant Youth

Background: Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. In spite of President Trump’s prior statements that he would protect Dreamers, he could terminate DACA in the next 60 days, turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Ten states threatened to sue the President if he did not terminate the DACA program by September 5th. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound. Terminating DACA would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation.

DACA has allowed young people to pursue their dreams, live without fear of deportation in the country they call home, and invest in their future and in the future of our country. Ending DACA would be morally reprehensible, denying hundreds of thousands of young people the chance to pursue their dreams. Our immigrant brothers and sisters deserve dignity, welcome, and the opportunity to flourish. Faith communities across traditions have 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. We need our elected officials to protect dreamers by urging the administration to keep the DACA program intact.

CALL GOVERNOR SCOTT TODAY!
Phone: 802 828-3333   

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with undocumented youth, support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to end it. DACA has provided the opportunity for nearly 800,000 young people to pursue their dreams. The fact that the administration is considering ending DACA is morally reprehensible, runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for immigrants I see every day in my community. I urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact.”

Please also share a personal story about how immigrants benefit and are welcomed into your community. Click here for additional resources on the economic impact of the DACA program.

You can also tweet Governor Scott: “.@GovPhilScott, my community stands with immigrants! Support DACA and reject discrimination! @realDonaldTrump #saveDACA”

Please click here for a DACA faith toolkit and click here for more resources.

Please spread the word and send this alert to your networks!
Please tell us if you take action (opens a new webpage)!
Follow @InterfaithImm on Twitter and “like” the Interfaith Immigration Coalition on Facebook to receive up-to-date alerts.

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT DREAMERS! http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-utah/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:05:32 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5365 Tell Governor Herbert and State Attorney General Reyes to Support DACA and Stand with Immigrant Youth

Background: Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. In spite of President Trump’s prior statements that he would protect Dreamers, he could terminate DACA in the next 60 days, turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Ten states threatened to sue the President if he did not terminate the DACA program by September 5th. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound. Terminating DACA would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation.

DACA has allowed young people to pursue their dreams, live without fear of deportation in the country they call home, and invest in their future and in the future of our country. Ending DACA would be morally reprehensible, denying hundreds of thousands of young people the chance to pursue their dreams. Our immigrant brothers and sisters deserve dignity, welcome, and the opportunity to flourish. Faith communities across traditions have 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. We need our elected officials to protect dreamers by urging the administration to keep the DACA program intact.

CALL GOVERNOR HERBERT & ATTORNEY GENERAL REYES TODAY!
Governor Herbert: (801) 538-1000
Attorney General Reyes: (800) 244-4636

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with undocumented youth, support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to end it. DACA has provided the opportunity for nearly 800,000 young people to pursue their dreams. The fact that the administration is considering ending DACA is morally reprehensible, runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for immigrants I see every day in my community. I urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact.”

Please also share a personal story about how immigrants benefit and are welcomed into your community. Click here for additional resources on the economic impact of the DACA program.

You can also tweet Governor Herbert and AG Reyes:

  • “.@GovHerbert, my community stands with immigrants! Support DACA and reject discrimination! @realDonaldTrump #saveDACA”
  • “.@UtahAG, my community stands with immigrants! Support DACA and reject discrimination! @realDonaldTrump #saveDACA”

Please click here for a DACA faith toolkit and click here for more resources.

Please spread the word and send this alert to your networks!
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URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT DREAMERS! http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/2017/07/19/daca-texas/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:00:09 +0000 http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/?p=5363 Tell Governor Abbott and State Attorney General Paxton to Support DACA and Stand with Immigrant Youth

Background: Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. In spite of President Trump’s prior statements that he would protect Dreamers, he could terminate DACA in the next 60 days, turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Ten states threatened to sue the President if he did not terminate the DACA program by September 5th. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound. Terminating DACA would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation.

DACA has allowed young people to pursue their dreams, live without fear of deportation in the country they call home, and invest in their future and in the future of our country. Ending DACA would be morally reprehensible, denying hundreds of thousands of young people the chance to pursue their dreams. Our immigrant brothers and sisters deserve dignity, welcome, and the opportunity to flourish. Faith communities across traditions have 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. We need our elected officials to protect dreamers by urging the administration to keep the DACA program intact.

CALL GOVERNOR ABBOTT & ATTORNEY GENERAL PAXTON TODAY!
Governor Abbott: (512) 463-2000
Attorney General Paxton: (800) 252-8011

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with undocumented youth, support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and strongly oppose any attempt to end it. DACA has provided the opportunity for nearly 800,000 young people to pursue their dreams. The fact that the administration is considering ending DACA is morally reprehensible, runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for immigrants I see every day in my community. I urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact.”

Please also share a personal story about how immigrants benefit and are welcomed into your community. Click here for additional resources on the economic impact of the DACA program.

You can also tweet Governor Abbott and AG Paxton:

  • “.@GovAbbott, my community stands with immigrants! Support DACA and reject discrimination! @realDonaldTrump #saveDACA”
  • “.@KenPaxtonTX, my community stands with immigrants! Support DACA and reject discrimination! @realDonaldTrump #saveDACA”

Please click here for a DACA faith toolkit and click here for more resources.

Please spread the word and send this alert to your networks!
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