Thursday, December 07, 2017

Dreamers Arrested This AM in Washington : Things You Can Do

DSA Stands With DACA

Dreamers Arrested This AM in Washington

The deadline that Trump has given to congress to act on a fix to DACA is March, 5th of 2018, however for many DACA recipients that will be far too late as DACAs will begin expiring on that date. We must take action to defend DACA.
The Democratic Socialists of America and the national DSA Immigrant Rights’ Committee is proud to join the Our Dream Coalition in partnership with Our Revolution and the Seed Project of Movimiento Cosecha. The Our Dream Coalition has launched "Fight for Our Dream," a nation-wide campaign led by Dreamers which seeks to pass the DREAM Act and fight for permanent protection and respect for undocumented youth, without creating harmful conditions for the rest of the undocumented community.
Members of the Our Dream Coalition are taking action this week to ensure protected status for Dreamers across the country by defending DACA. There were 32 occupations of Senators and Congresspersons offices in 20 states.

Undocumented youth were just arrested at the U.S. Capitol for speaking out at the Visitor’s Center to bring attention to the DREAM Act. They took nonviolent direct action in Washington DC, calling on our representatives to provide permanent protection for all undocumented youth before the end of the year.
Here are three things you can do to support this vital effort of  undocumented youth who are risking detention and deportation by taking nonviolent direct action in support of a Clean DREAM Act:

Step 1: Amplify the actions on social media RIGHT NOW. Follow and share posts with the hashtags #OurDream and #NoDreamNoDeal. Find content at

Step 2: Call your members of congress. Call your representative and senators RIGHT NOW and tell them to vote NO on any year-end spending bill that does not include a clean DREAM Act.  Dial the United States Capitol switchboard at (202224-3121

Step 3: Organize a local solidarity protest. Call some friends, wrangle some folks, make some "No Dream, No Deal" signs, and show up at the office of your member of congress to let them know they should pass the DREAM Act now. 

DSA's Take on DACA
As socialists the DSA national Immigrants’ Rights Committee remains committed to fighting alongside undocumented immigrants ineligible for DACA: those who have felony convictions, those without access to higher education, and those who immigrated as adults. We reject the notion that immigrants should have to earn basic human rights and decent treatment by serving in the armed forces, getting a higher education, or being productive workers.
DACA itself represents that kind of thinking turned into policy. The moral division between “deserving” and “undeserving” immigrants ignores the role of policing and the criminal justice system in criminalizing undocumented immigrants.
We need an immigration policy that brings people together instead of pitting workers against each other. We support legislation that would grant immediate permanent resident status to current undocumented workers and their children and that would establish an expeditious and non punitive route to citizenship for these workers and their families. We support an extension of DACA, of TPS (Temporary Protected Status), and the extension of labor rights to all persons working in the U.S.
In solidarity,
Duane Campbell
Immigrant Rights’ Committee, National Co-Chair
DSA - Sacramento
Brandon Rey Ramirez
Immigrant Rights’ Committee, National Co-Chair
DSA - Los Angeles
Elijah Stevens
NYC DSA Immigration Justice Working Group
DSA - New York City

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