August 15th was the fifth anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that has provided safe harbor to live and work in our communities for 800,000 Americans who arrived in the U.S. as children. With Trump in office, these young people are facing the unthinkable prospect of being ripped from their homes and shoved into the deportation pipeline. On Tuesday, August 15, IMB members joined others across the nation to take the future of the DACAmented youth out of Trump’s hands by urging Senators Feinstein and Harris and Congressman Paul Cook to co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act — S.1615 and H.R. 3591 (learn more about DACA and these bills here).
Indivisible National highlights some of the actions taken last week:
- “We’re here for support.” On DACA’s anniversary, Indivisible Little Rock and Central Arkansas accompanied a local advocate to a meeting at the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, where she read letters from DACAmented Arkansans.
- Indivisible Manteca stood tall outside Rep. Jeff Denham’s office.
- Indivisible Gainesville published a sharp op-ed about their MoC’s immigration record.
- Indivisible groups from Delaware helped get great headlines, too.
Thanks to all the groups who stood side-by-side with DACAmented Americans this week. You should continue to tell your MoCs to stand up for childhood arrivals and co-sponsor S.1615 and H.R. 3591 now using our explainer and script developed in partnership with United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center.
You can read more about United We Dream’s events in Washington and Indivisible Co-Executive Directors’ civil disobedience arrest in support of DACAmented Americans on the Indivisible Guide blog.