Last Chance! Call your Representatives TODAY to demand a Clean DREAM Act


Dear Friend,

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 TOMORROWOcto­ber 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.

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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.

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di – vivek@saalt.org