Be a DREAM Defender
The Republicans and the President continue to hold DACA recipients hostage. Close to 800,000 DREAMers live in fear and uncertainty. Imagine not knowing if your protected legal status will soon come to a crashing halt. Brought to the United States as children, the government made them a promise that if they revealed their identity, passed a background check, and became productive citizens, they could stay here.
And many of them took the government at their word. They came forward from the shadows and were granted protected status. They went to school and became teachers, joined the military, became firefighters, and opened small businesses. They are woven into the fabric of our society and keep the American Dream alive.
Instead of looking for solutions, DREAMers get called ‘lazy’ by White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. President Trump says he would ‘love’ to shutdown the government over immigration. The White House rejected a compromise deal in Congress that would have protected DACA recipients and had no money for a border wall.
DREAMers are not lazy. They actually work, unlike Congress. And Americans overwhelmingly want DREAMers to stay. Nearly 9 in 10 of us recognize that we need to keep the promise that we made to them. Yet the Republicans have so far refused to bring the matter up for a clean vote in Congress. Make no mistake, if the Republicans brought this up for a vote, it would pass overwhelmingly. But instead they are using the lives of 800,000 people as a bargaining chip. President Trump wants his border wall funded and isn’t above using the lives of DREAMers to get it.
This is where you come in. The only way we get a clean vote on DACA is if people like you call and pressure Congress. They have to hear from us. This means calling your senators and representatives and letting them know that you stand with DREAMers. Join me today in calling! You can call 202-225-3121 to be connected to your representative. You can call 202-224-3121 to be connected to your senators. Tell them you demand a clean vote on DACA with no strings attached.
And I hope you will join me in my fight for a government that works for all of us. Visit ricofranco.com for more information or join me on Facebook or Twitter to chat.