DACA

We Want a DACA Bill and We Want It Now

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Congressmen and Congresswomen and demand we pass a bill for DACA recipients asap.

Last week we asked you to share the stories of Dreamers with your friends and families and anyone in your social media circle. We hoped that this would break down some of the rhetoric that the right had been spewing when they started referring to Dreamers as “illegals.” This week, we need you to go a step further and demand a DACA. We wish we could demand a clean DACA bill, and we can definitely ask for one, but it’s not looking like we will get one. The current bill being tossed around by John McCain and Chris Coons doesn’t hit on Trump’s demands. He wants funding for his archaic wall and an end to family-based immigration, which is actually the reason Donald Trump is even here to begin with. Trump’s very own grandfather, Friedrich Trump, immigrated here in 1885 to join his sister. And that’s not even the only case of “chain migration” in his family. HIS MOM came to the U.S. in 1930, as an unskilled worker from Scotland, to live with her sister who was already here. If Trump were president back when his Opa were trying to come to America, neither his grandpa, nor his mother would have been able to make it. They would have been blocked because of Trump’s desire to ban “chain migration” and because they were both unskilled workers they wouldn’t have made it on the “merit-based immigration” Trump is looking for. Germany and Scotland didn’t send their best.

The bill isn’t perfect, but is does protect Dreamers and is a companion piece to a bill being shared in the House of Representatives that they think has the votes. This new bill also allows for a path to citizenship and we fully support that. And DACA expires in less than a month, so use Resistbot, call, snap, tweet, or drop on by your congress members office and tell them you support Dreamers, and so do the vast majority of Americans, we’re talking like 80+%. And could they pretty please hurry up and pass a bill so we don’t have to read stories of Dreamers’ families being torn apart. The daily news cycle is terrible enough already.  

 

Share Their Stories

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Your DGB for today is simple- we just want you to share the stories of Dreamers. We’ll tackle contacting congress to pass a clean DACA bill next week.

We have called recipients of DACA Dreamers since its inception in 2012, and many Americans abruptly stopped calling them Dreamers, oh… at about 7:30 in the morning on January 21st when Mitch McConnell tweeted this: https://twitter.com/SenateMajLdr/status/955098436138762240 and the GOP started using Dreamers as their pawns for the government shut down and many started calling them illegals. Some republicans have even been posting memes suggesting things, like we need to make a choice between taking care of our vets or taking care of “illegals,” completely ignoring the fact that there are Dreamers serving in the military.

We want you to share these stories. Share the stories of Zion Dirgantara, an immigrant from Indonesia, who missed his first day of school in America, at the age of 12, because of 9/11, and later “enrolled in a Pentagon program, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI)— an initiative designed to exchange fast-tracked citizenship for crucial medical and language skills among foreign-born recruits,” because he “realized there was evil in this world, and you have to fight for what is right.” I mean… how much more patriotic do these republicans want Dreamers to be? Should he have been wearing a flag button up shirt while saying it?

By sharing the stories of DACA recipients, we can disprove the Trump administration’s ignorant and just goddamn ridiculous propaganda that these kids are dangerous members of MS13 gangs. You can find tons of stories here: https://www.fwd.us/dacastories Their site even has super easy buttons to just click and post directly to your facebook page so if you’ve been “blessed” with conservative family members who just don’t seem to get it, no matter how many times you talk to them about it, you can just post DACA stories on the hour, every hour, or have it coincide with every one of their MAGA posts. We don’t care what your posting strategy is, just do it. The fact of the matter is, these are people’s lives at stake here. Families are at risk of being torn apart and republicans have lost their ability to see the humanity in Dreamers, let alone themselves. Let’s flood our news feeds and twitter feeds with stories about America’s best and brightest and pray that one story will touch the cold, dark recesses of calcified hearts.

 

Presidential Censure

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Your DGB for this weekend is to encourage Congress to censure Donald Trump.

In this week’s installment of My God, Why Is He Still Allowed to Speak?, Trump again lifted his leg to mark our government with his racism and degradation. In a meeting about DACA, he asked “Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?” and “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” These comments follow his December statements to The New York Times that Haitians have AIDS and Nigerians live in huts. The leader of the free world is officially less evolved on Haiti than Cher Horowitz of Clueless.

DGB’s advice is to invest in an anti-aging moisturizer for those worry lines you didn’t have before this administration and use Resistbot to contact your representatives and ask them to lobby for a censure of the president. It’s way past time to tell the rest of the world that he isn’t speaking for America.

 

Thank You, Nancy Pelosi

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Your DGB for today is to send a postcard or thank you note to House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.

Nancy Pelosi has been getting shit done in DC since the early 80s and right wingers absolutely hate her for it. She has been called every name in the book, like most women in power, and continues to hold her head high and get the work done. Recently, she has even been able to get Trump to do what she wants to do. She is currently working on a DACA bill, that doesn’t include funding for the archaic wall. And a little over a week ago, in a move that stunned republicans, Pelosi and Schumer struck a budget deal with Trump.

We want you to send your love to Pelosi. Who doesn’t love to get thanks for doing the hard work? Print up one of DGB’s postcards, or write her a thank you note and tell her how much you appreciate what she is doing.

 

Her mailing address is:

233 Cannon H.O.B.

Washington, DC 20515

 

The American Dreamers

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Your DGB for today is to support organizations that in turn support Dreamers.

Taking a break from the laborious tasks of incoherent Tweeting, speaking at self-serving rallies, and pretending to load pickup truck cabs with hurricane-relief supplies, our President recently announced his intentions for the future of DACA. Yesterday we asked you to contact Congress and get their help protecting Dreamers. Today we would like you to help those that are going to be on the front lines defending those Dreamers and be prepared to share information with anyone who needs it.

We have compiled a list of organizations that provide legal help and other resources here:

https://www.dailygrabback.com/immigration-resources/. Please find one that you can support. Also, please update your personal resource list with immigration help resources so you can connect those that will need it.

Please start and don’t stop: talking, posting, commenting, sharing and Tweeting about DACA and Dreamers. These kids are the future of our country and our world.

Grab back and preserve a dream!

 

Demand Congress Protect Dreamers

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Member of Congress and tell him or her you want Congress to protect “Dreamers” when Trump ends DACA.

True to form, Trump has signaled that he’s going to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This Obama-era immigration policy was designed to protect and aid undocumented immigrants who came here as kids. Since the current occupant of the Oval Office seems to want to undo everything good that #44 did, we are dismayed, but not surprised. 

In the wake of this news, Congress has a chance to pass legislation that will address the same issue. We need Republicans and Democrats to work together on this.

Please also check out Daily Grab Back’s demonstration calendar for upcoming protests regarding the cancellation of DACA.

 

A Nation of Immigrants

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Your DGB for today is to help save DACA and its Dreamers.

Trump and his ilk may not like it, but the United States is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants make us a better country. Trump is threatening to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the results would be disastrous. 800,000 young people currently have work permits and protection under DACA. These young people have lived most of their lives in the United States. They have jobs, they pay taxes, they own homes, they make purchases, they contribute to our economy every day. DACA is thought to be one of Obama’s greatest programs, so it’s no wonder Trump wants to do away with it.

Today we want you to check out America’s Voice and learn more about the DACA program. If you are able, contribute funds to help them. If you can’t contribute, there are many other things you can do, like contacting your state’s Attorney General and telling them to uphold DACA. You can also host a Dreamer dinner or call your senators and tell them to protect DACA from Trump. There’s even a section where you can tell your own personal Dreamer story. However you choose to help DACA, spend some time browsing the website. They have interactive videos, personal stories, and a section called Immigration 101 to inform on a variety of subjects, such as what exactly a Dreamer is, and what rights ICE has to deport people.

America has become the beautiful melting pot of culture it is today because of immigration. It is a nation founded on immigration and on the principles that immigrants are not only allowed here, but welcomed. Do what you can to uphold those beliefs and values and support DACA.