Last month you heard about our efforts to speak truth to power. South Asian DREAMer, leader, and SAALT ally Chirayu Patel told elected officials at a press conference on Capitol Hill, “We will not be used as bargaining chips in political gamesmanship between the parties. It is time for Congress to make a decision on whether they’re going to support us or whether they’re going to stand in the way of progress.” You heard SAALT’s Executive Director, Suman Raghunathan, demand a clean DREAM Act, without any compromises on increased border enforcement that will negatively impact immigrant families.
The Dream Act of 2017 is a bipartisan bill that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came here as children, and who graduate from U.S. high schools and attend college, enter the workforce, or enlist in a military program.
Last week, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, signed a “discharge petition” to bring the DREAM Act to an immediate vote in the House of Representatives. This rare Congressional motion allows a bill to be “discharged” from committee and brought to a floor vote provided that it receives 218 signatures from Members. Currently, only 23 additional signatures are needed!
IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION
Here are two things you can do now to force Congress to vote on and pass a clean DREAM Act:
Call your elected officials TODAY and tell them why the DREAM Act matters to you. We urge you to target these Members of Congress and ask them to sign the discharge petition to bring the DREAM Act to a vote. Please also ask them to extend tomorrow’s October 5thDACA renewal deadline that is fast approaching. You can also call your representatives and thank them for their efforts if they are already co-sponsors of the DREAM Act and ask them to sign the discharge petition and extend the DACA renewal deadline.
Participate in the National Day of Action TOMORROW, October 5th in Washington, D.C. led by our allies at United We Dream. It will begin with a press event with Members of Congress at 10 am on the South Senate lawn on the Capitol grounds, followed by visits to Member offices to demand a clean DREAM Act. Can’t join in person? Follow along and support the National Day of Action online using this digital toolkit.
Here’s a sample script you can use when making your calls:
“I am calling today to urge you to sign the discharge petition on the bi-partisan DREAM Act of 2017, HR 3440. As a South Asian American constituent and an American deeply invested in immigration reform, I am urging you to sign the discharge petition to bring the DREAM Act to the House floor immediately for a vote. Our DREAMers only have until tomorrow October 5thto renew their DACA status and we are asking that you extend that deadline.
This legislation would allow our DREAMers who are as American as you or me to remain in the only country they have ever known or called home. You may be surprised to know that there are at least 450,000 undocumented Indians alone in the U.S., and there are at least 23,000 Indians and Pakistanis who are eligible to remain in the country, be shielded from deportation, and legally work through the DREAM Act.
As you may know the President recently decided to end DACA, a program which enjoys overwhelming bi-partisan support among elected officials and American voters (76%), with the stroke of his pen, putting 800,000 DREAMers’ lives in limbo. Passing the DREAM Act will allow these DREAMers to remain in the U.S. and continue their lives without fear as they continue to be part of the fabric of our nation.
I’m asking you today to exercise courage and leadership on behalf of our families and our communities so we can all thrive. I urge you to sign the discharge petition for a clean DREAM Act with no border enforcement. I am happy to share more information if useful or connect you with South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national organization representing our communities in Washington, D.C. Thank you for taking my call today.”
The time is now to step up and demand all elected and appointed officials defend and protect DREAMers, immigrants, and all Americans.
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that fights for racial justice and advocates for the civil rights of all South Asians in the United States. Our ultimate vision is dignity and full inclusion for all.
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