Dream Day of Action Resources
DECEMBER 15, 2017
Four simple things you can do to help on Monday, December 18:
1. Sign our digital petition.
2. Customize our sample social media posts and share them on your social channels throughout December.
4. Send an email to your partners / members / affiliates, encouraging them to participate in the day of action.
There is still time for Congress to avoid a looming threat to our nation’s health, education, nutrition, and economic security, but that window of opportunity is closing at an alarming rate. Congress must act now to pass the Dream Act (H.R. 3440 / S. 1615), bipartisan legislation providing a road map to citizenship for people who were brought to the United States as children and who meet educational, work or military service requirements
“Dreamers” have grown up in this country and should live, drive, continue their education, work and pursue their dreams in the U.S. without fear of detention or deportation. While some Dreamers have had a temporary work authorization and reprieve from the threat of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, that program was terminated on September 5th, leaving more than 800,000 beneficiaries of DACA at risk of deportation when their status expires. Since many Dreamers are parents, the Dream Act debate also has direct consequences for more than 200,000 U.S. citizen children. Further delay will mean more and more Dreamers and their families will face:
- Dangerous health consequences from unmet health care needs and the toxic stress resulting from constant threats of deportation
- Poverty and hunger, as the loss of work authorization denies families critical income to purchase food and other basic necessities
- Lost educational opportunity, as the loss of work authorization and (for some) in-state tuition push paying for an education out of reach
The harm of delay would extend beyond Dreamers and their families, as DACA losses negate the contributions of:
- Dreamers who are working and paying taxes
- Dreamers who have earned or are pursuing health care careers, amplifying a provider shortage that affects the health of citizens and immigrants alike
- Dreamers who have earned teaching credentials, building brighter futures in classrooms nationwide
- Dreamers who are giving back to disadvantaged communities, by working in youth-serving and human services organizations all over the country
The undersigned are urging that Congress pass the Dream Act by the end of the year to protect the health, food security, educational opportunity and economic stability of our country.