Thursday, January 25 - Call on Senators to Keep Fighting for the Dream Act / Pack the Court for Juan Rodriguez

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to Keep Fighting for the Dream Act

  • Action 2: Pack the Court for Juan Rodriguez TOMORROW


Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to keep fighting for the Dream Act

    • Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

  • Action 2: Pack the Court for Juan Rodriguez tomorrow from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 525 W Van Buren St, 5th Floor


Action 1: Call on Senators to Keep Fighting for the Dream Act

In September, Trump and the GOP launched an attack on some of the most vulnerable Americans: Dreamers, kids who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and victims of natural disasters.

Democrats voted four times since then in favor of short-term spending bills despite Republicans’ unwillingness to address these issues. Last Friday, Democrats held strong by withholding their support for another short-term funding bill until Republicans came to fix the messes they created.

After two days of government shutdown, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump offered an ultimatum to Senate Democrats: vote against the Dreamers or we keep the government shut down. And then Senator Schumer led the Senate Democrats to surrender. For his caucus’ vote, Schumer got absolutely zero protections for Dreamers. Instead, McConnell made a pinky-swear promise to Democrats that if they just voted for what he wanted, then he’d try to take up the Dream Act in the next few weeks -- while more Dreamers wait for deportation.

This vote was a huge disappointment, but this fight isn’t over. We’re not sure whether McConnell or Trump will hold up their end of the bargain (we’re not holding our breath). We need to raise our voices at Congressional offices this week to push for real action sooner rather than later.

Despite Senator Durbin’s position as a co-sponsor of the Dream Act and Senator Duckworth’s ongoing support, they both voted to kick the can down the road and put the Dreamers’ status at risk. Call them to let them know that we are counting on them to make this right and protect the Dreamers.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code]. As a longtime supporter of Senator ___,  I am extremely disappointed that the Senator voted for the CR that didn’t include the Dream Act. Republicans will never pass a fix for DACA as a standalone bill—they will only do so if Democrats use their leverage to force it to be included as part of a must-pass bill, like a CR. An average of 122 Dreamers are losing their protections every day that this bill is not signed into law, and after the deadline in March thousands more will be exposed to deportation. We need to pass the Dream Act now—no more delays. What is the Senator doing to make this happen?


Action 2: Pack the Court for Juan Rodriguez TOMORROW

Juan came to the United States almost 20 years ago, following brothers and his father in the pursuit of the American Dream. A trained mechanic, he was quickly able to find work in his field and has been a stable tax-paying worker ever since.

Juan met Angelica, and they married and tried to start a family, but weren't able to. They adopted one niece formerly and currently are the guardians of three other children who are United States citizens.

Angelica has lived in the United States all her life and has cognitive disabilities which prevent her from reading or working. With Juan's help, she has made sure that her nieces and nephews--who call her mom--have a safe and stable environment. Without Juan, Angelica fears that all of her American-born nieces and nephews will be placed in foster care and she will become homeless.

Juan is not perfect--he has a DUI (11 years old) and a Driving without a License conviction (1 year)--but we are hoping that you will see that Juan's family deserves to have him here; that he has contributed enormously to America and--like all of us--he deserves a second chance.

Please help Indivisible Pilsen pack the court in solidarity with Juan on Friday, January 26 at the courthouse on 525 W Van Buren St, 5th Floor. Please arrive at the court at 12:30 p.m. to allow time for security. Juan's case will be heard in Courtroom 6 at 1PM. Please wear black as a sign of solidarity. RSVP and get more info on Facebook.



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