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Right now, over 100 people lose their right to work in the United States every day because DACA has ended. That number will grow exponentially by March. Over 10,000 people have already been affected. Dreamers grew up in America–this is their home in every way. Deporting them would be sending them back to a country they have never known, away from their families and lives in the United States.
Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress issued a fact sheet about the contributions of DACA beneficiaries in rural America.
Read the America’s Voice Immigration 101 web page here. If you want to get into the weeds on legislation, see this chart of the various Dreamer bills from National Immigration Law Center. Find out where your Member of Congress stands on Dreamer legislation through this chart of the Ohio delegation.
If you don’t know who your Member of Congress is, you can find out here. To call any Member of Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to connect you. Call them today and tell them you want Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act this year! Share this with your friends to get more calls in. Here are numbers for the Northern Ohio delegation’s DC offices:
If you have an hour or two of free time, Organizing for Action in Ohio is looking for volunteers to help with a phone bank from home. Get info here, and email Rachel Snowschik to sign up (email@example.com).
Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) – anyone can do it! To improve your chances of publication, make sure you follow the paper’s specific guidelines exactly. Submissions must be short (150-275 words depending on the paper) and you must include contact information. If you are considered for publication, the editor will call or email you to confirm that you did write the letter. You will need to respond quickly.
See the following for submission details at regional outlets: Oberlin News Tribune; The Morning Journal; The Chronicle-Telegram; Cleveland Plain Dealer. Here is an example of an LTE I had published last year.
Also, the media is often looking for different types of sources from across society (immigrants, native-born Americans, educators, people of faith, business owners, etc). If you are interested in being considered as a media source on this topic, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the AV Ohio Facebook Group and email list. Get access to breaking updates, notices of conference calls and events, and opportunities to build your own leadership, organizing, and communications skills. Email email@example.com to sign up.