Thurs – 5/3: Immigration – Part 1 – Actions

#1 – Call out our legislators for the Dreamer Delay and pass the DREAM Act!

We’ve been resting on our laurels. With the false security of a federal court’s ruling giving DACA recipients a 90 day lifeline, we’ve turned our attention to jokes at a WH Correspondent’s Assoc. dinner, and Trump’s former and very expensive sex life.

Meanwhile, six states, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia, have filed a federal lawsuit to end DACA, arguing that the executive branch cannot “unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization.”

Therefore, millions of hardworking, taxpaying DREAMers, are living in a legal nightmare. Last month, a 240-member bipartisan majority of the House asked Speaker Ryan to schedule a debate on pending bills to protect DREAMers. The “240” number is important, as it allows them to use an obscure rule called  “Queen of the hill” to hold votes on four different options, most votes wins.

  • H.R.3440Dream Act (a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other DREAMers, with no enforcement trade-offs)
  • H.R.4796 – USA Act, sponsored by Hurd and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) (quicker legalization for DREAMers with limits on sponsorship of parents once they become citizens, with some border provisions but no money for a wall)
  • The Goodlatte bill (temporary status for DACA recipients plus stepped-up enforcement and legal immigration restrictions)
  • A fourth bill, probably some manifestation of Trump’s stated goals to end family re-unification and includes funding for a border wall.

Since Paul Ryan is no longer concerned with re-election, some progressives are hoping he will go out with one humane action to his name. Others are predicting he will continue to stand with the extreme conservative minority in the House and will try to prevent any legislation from being passed to protect DREAMers. However, there looks to be enough backing to force a vote. Let’s encourage them!

Action: Call your legislators everyday until this happens! 90 days passes in a heartbeat.

Minimum Script: I am calling from [zip code] to urge Representative [__] to do everything in his/her power to get these bills the floor for debate and to vote “YES” on the H.R.3440 – Dream Act.

Has your representative voted for the Dream Act? Check here.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts:

#2 – Would you give Mike Pompeo your social media usernames in exchange for a visa? Add a comment!

March 31 began the 60-day comment period for a new State Department rule seeking to require all non-immigrant visa applicants to turn over five years’ worth of social media history, including social media usernames on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, as well as previous email addresses, phone numbers, and a record of international travel: Estimates are that this change will affect 14.71 million applicants, including those who apply as students, for business trips, or for vacation.

Let’s tell Mike Pompeo, Secretary Designee over at the State Department what we think of this new attempt to discourage foreign visitors by submitting comments: here

Here are some sample comments that people have submitted. Look for more here:

Comment: I think this is a short-sighted, reactionary and misguided policy that will ultimately prove damaging to our country, both of its perception abroad and in its economic effects at home.This will not improve security as people with hostile intents
towards the US will not openly advertise these intents on social media prior to trying to enter the country. Rather this appears to be the administration’s pandering to political divisiveness that has become emblematic of this presidency. I urge the US state department to reject this regressive and unwarranted attack on foreign nationals wishing to enter this country through the Non-immigrant Visa application process .The risk of alienation and economic depression far outweighs any perceived or contrived security benefit.

Comment: The USA should be encouraging tourists to visit, not discouraging them through this intrusive data collection.

Comment: I don’t think this proposal makes sense. I would not want to provide such information to, say, the Spanish government in order to vacation in Madrid. This will discourage business travel as well as tourism. It has never been necessary and is not necessary now.

#3 – Can you imagine this happening to you and your kids? What kind of people are we becoming? Call your legislators!

In an effort to deter families from seeking asylum in the United States, nearly 700 immigrant children have ALREADY been separated from their parents since October, including 100 under the age of four.   The American Academy of Pediatrics has joined more than 200 child welfare, juvenile justice and child development organizations in demanding that the government put an end to this cruel policy.

Child removal, used punitively against asylum seekers, may, in fact, also be a violation of international law.

Child removal is an extraordinary act of modern state power that falls most heavily on the poor and the powerless: the colonized, the subaltern, the dissident. Authorities have wielded this power over individuals and groups in an effort to redeem, punish and deter them. Now, they threaten to do so once again on the U.S.-Mexico border.” (wapo)

Action: Call your legislators and share messages on social media using #protectchildren to oppose this harmful policy.

Minimum Script: I am calling from [zip code] to urge (legislator) [__] oppose any policy that separates children from their parents at the border.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553
Other Contacts:

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