WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... DACA?

 

President Donald Trump has called to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, following a six-month window. The program grants work permits and deportation protections to undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States as children.

 

Whether you know someone who is impacted by this directly or not, there are lots of ways that you can get involved in the issue.

 

Pick up the phone

DACA, dreamers, immigration, congress

There will be a six-month window before the changes to DACA take place, and Congress is expected to use that time to act. Find your state to get the direct line for the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Calling is quicker, more direct, and more impactful than writing a letter, although you can also put pen to paper as an alternative.

Don't know what to say? Try a script to help guide you, and make sure you do your own research on what stance you want to communicate.

Stand with your community

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Events are being organized all across the U.S. to stand to support our immigrant neighbors. Find an event near you and spend a few hours meeting your neighbors, supporting your community, and making your voice heard.

And don't forget to know your rights before you go, as well as the rights of those standing beside you.

Help fund advocacy, policy analysis and legal services

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You can help the professionals win victories by donating towards their work.

Organizations like the National Immigration Law Center and United We Dream have built strong teams of experienced and driven lawyers, policy advisors, and communications experts who are in it for the long haul.

Find resources for the people at risk

DACA, dreamers, immigration, ICE

Do you know an undocumented immigrant who might be impacted by the changes to DACA and other immigration legislation? There are essential resources out there that can help, but it's not always easy to know they exist.

Connect with immigration legal services for low-income families and brush up on your rights if Immigration & Customs Enforcement might come around.

Brush up on the stats

DACA, dreamers, immigration, employment, education

DACA is a very emotional topic, and might come up at a family dinner or gathering with friends. Take a few minutes to brush up on the facts so you can feel confident in your stance.

Dig deeper into the impact of DACA on the U.S. economy as a whole, employment and education statistics for recipients, and how big DACA is in different parts of the U.S. We encourage doing independent research from additional reputable sources too!

Talk the talk

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Do you speak a second language? You might be eligible to be an interpreter for immigration legal services. You can work with a lawyer based on your own availability.

Find services in your area with your local Catholic Charities chapter or with other organizations and firms in your neighborhood.

 

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