Thursday, January 18, 2018

Let your Voice be Heard in Unison for the DREAMers

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2018

Let your Voice be Heard in Unison

The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum (the IF) calls concerned citizens in Champaign Country and across Illinois to join their elected representatives and magnify their voice by supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) young people. Let your voices be heard in unison by calling the leader of the Senate.

Who is agreeing? All federal representatives for our county, Senator Durbin, Senator Duckworth, and Representative Davis agree that the young people affected should be helped ASAP.  

Who is affected? The Trump administration decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 6, 2018 sets into motion the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young adults or Dreamers who were brought to this country as children and know of no other country than the United States to call their home. Illinois has an estimated 42,000 DACA recipients.

Here in Champaign County, there is no official count of how many DACA recipients will be affected but there is no disagreement that hundreds of young adults will lose everything they have worked so hard for in their lives. DACA recipients are students in our high schools, at Parkland College, and the University of Illinois. Many contribute to our local economy in their professional careers having earned a college degree. Almost without exception, the Dreamers make our communities a better place to live.

According to almost all national polls, citizens of the U.S. are not in favor in expelling the Dreamers from our country. Last September, when President Trump rescinded the Executive Order created by President Obama in 2009, he stated it was up to Congress to pass legislation to support the Dreamers. The congressional leadership in Washington has not found a way to avoid gridlock and pass a law to support the Dreamers. Some progress was made; Senators Graham and Durbin are the leaders of a bipartisan ‘Gang of Six” who have presented President Trump an immigration compromise to provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients as well as $1.6 billion for border security.

Why now? Congress must agree every so often to fund government operations in a Continuing Resolution (CR). After passing a CR to avoid a government shutdown in December, a budget must be passed by noon this Friday. Senator McConnell and Representative Ryan, Republican leaders of the Senate and the House support “kicking the can down the road” by suggesting that a CR be passed in the next few days without including a solution that provides a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers. Democrats are saying no. They will not support a Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown without legislation for the Dreamers. More importantly, Senator Lindsey Graham and other Republican senators told reporters today that they plans to vote against the GOP leadership’s short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown.

We cannot place the lives of our young Dreamers hostage any longer. We also cannot shut down our government when so many lives will be at stake with loss of funding for other vulnerable populations.
Call the office of Senator McConnell and demand that he allows the Graham-Durbin proposal to come to the floor of the Senate for a vote.
Please call the office of Representative Rodney Davis and ask him to support legislation for the Dreamers.

This is the time and now is the moment to make good on our promise to more than 800,000 young Americans who are the Dreamers that they are welcome in our country.    

How to do it?

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You can reach US representatives by calling 202-225-3121, and US senators by calling 202-224-3121

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The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum (CUIF), founded in 2009, is a community organization concerned about the progress and plight of immigrants focusing on these families in Champaign County.