By RACHEL FREEMAN, FRANCESCA FREEMAN, and CAROLINA VALDIVIA
On Tuesday, September 5th, the Trump administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented young adults. This decision is part of ongoing attacks against the undocumented community and it will have devastating consequences. At My Undocumented Life blog, we have identified several steps you can take to support undocumented immigrants, including those with and without DACA.
1) DONATE to help pay for DACA renewals. DACA recipients whose permits expire before March 5, 2018 have until October 5, 2017 to submit their DACA renewal applications. Each renewal application costs $495. The lack of funds to renew an application should not be a barrier to being protected for two more years under DACA. Consider donating to some of these campaigns to directly support undocumented young adults who need to submit their DACA renewal applications:
- UndocuMedia, an online platform for immigrant rights, has set up a fundraiser with the goal of assisting 1,000 DACA recipients with their renewal applications.
- East Bay Community Law Center provides free legal assistance to immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center is raising funds to cover the $495 DACA renewal application fee. Under “I want my donation to be dedicated” please put “DACA” or “Immigration.”
- Orange County Immigrant Youth United, an undocumented youth led organization in Orange County, California, has created a fundraiser specifically for DACA renewals.
- Campaign for DACA beneficiaries in Seattle, Washington.
2) CONTACT your members of Congress. Trump has given Congress until March 5, 2018 to take action and create a solution. Contact your representatives and Senators and encourage them to support legislation for undocumented immigrants. You can find their contact information here. Even if you think your representative/senator supports legislation for undocumented immigrants, it’s still important to contact them!
- CALL: Here is a phone script to call your representative/senator. You can also contact key legislators through United We Dream’s webpage.
3) ATTEND an action. National and local organizations are organizing actions across the country to fight for the rights of undocumented immigrants and pressure Congress to take action. Check out organizations like Cosecha to learn more about upcoming actions.
4) SHARE information on social media. Some common hashtags are #DefendDACA and #Dreamers
5) WRITE an op-ed. Op-eds are a critical way to encourage more people to support immigrant rights and raise awareness about the consequences of ending DACA. Here is an example of an op-ed written by Masha Gessen in The New York Times on September 6th, 2017.
6) STAY UP-TO-DATE AND EDUCATED. Subscribe to our blog and “like” our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with information and resources for undocumented immigrants as well as what you can do to work with and for undocumented communities.
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