Today is a critical day to stand with immigrants. More than 800,000 families and loved ones are on the verge of being torn apart. Right now we must show up for our friends, partners, neighbors, coworkers, and relatives. Call Congress today at 1-844-382-8315 to tell them to pass the DREAM Act and #SaveTPS!
This morning, Jeff Sessions just announced that the Trump administration is eliminating DACA. Trump also tweeted to Congress, ‘get ready to do your job – DACA,’ confirming that the job of protecting immigrant families from being torn apart is now in the hands of Congress.
DACA currently protects over 800,000 young immigrants from being deported. It allows immigrants to stay in the U.S. live with their families, work, go to school, and thrive in their communities. Without such program, millions of families will be torn apart.
But there’s more: Trump is refusing to extend the Temporary Protected Status program for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have sought safety here in the U.S. from harm, climate disaster, violence in their home country. Many Haitian immigrants and other Black immigrants benefit from this program. It is expected to expire in January. When it expires, many of these immigrants will be immediately deported — forcing many to live in fear. There is already bipartisan support for the extension of TPS. But not for Haitian immigrants.
The Trump administration has even said, “Haitians should be prepared to go home.” Congress can no longer stay on the sidelines and let Trump continue his vicious attack on immigrants.
People all across the country are rallying to push Congress to act swiftly in passing the DREAM Act and to demand the White House to extend TPS. By mobilizing together with phone calls, we are getting the attention of Congress.
We’re in a tense and scary moment. But pressure is building and momentum is on our side. Just last Friday, State Attorney General of Tennessee, Herbert Slatery dropped the state’s lawsuit against DACA, stating in his letter to state senators, “there’s a human element” to his decision.1 Several large companies such as Microsoft, Uber, Lyft, and Facebook and over 500 companies have signed a letter to Trump and leaders of Congress, calling on them to do the right thing and to keep DACA.2
All of this is happening right on the heels of Trump abusing his power and pardoning former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio who was just convicted weeks ago for human rights abuses. He is a known racist who spent his entire tenure as sheriff racially profiling Latinx communities. We cannot forget Trump administration is determined to build a border wall. He’s already done more than enough to hurt immigrant communities with the executive orders to strip funds from Sanctuary Cities and issuing travel bans that target Muslim immigrants. This is all of larger racist, white supremacist agenda to get rid of communities of color, and Black and Brown immigrants. Congress must stop Trump now. Their silence must end today.
Trump does not care about any immigrant. He wants to get rid of every immigrant and their families. This is a clear attack on all Black and Brown immigrants regardless of their status.The reality is, more needs to be done to ensure all immigrants are protected. We must end all criminalization of Black and Brown people. This means, no ban, no wall, no deportations, no detention centers, #DefendDACA #SaveTPS, protect our communities.
Until justice is real,
Scott, Rashad, Arisha, Scott, Anay, Clarise, Enchanta, Malaya, Katrese, and the rest of the Color Of Change team
1. “Tennessee AG rescinds DACA threat, cites ‘human element’,” CNN, 09-01-2017
2. “Trump’s expected repeal of Dreamer program draws fire from business,” Reuters, 08-31-2017