Tuesday, March 6 - Dream Act Phone Bank / Speak Out Against ICE / Gubernatorial Candidate Panel

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Phone Bank for the Dream Act TONIGHT

Thousands of lives have been turned upside down because of the mess Donald Trump created when he unnecessarily ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program back in September 2017. As a result, the lives of 800,000 DACA recipients are now in grave risk. Since his declaration, 122 DACA recipients have been losing their protections every single day.

Although the Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that will allow DACA recipients to reapply for legal status until Congress acts on the issue, those who have lost their status are still at risk of deportation. We must end the pain that these families are going through and keep pushing Congress to pass a clean Dream Act.

Join a Dream Act Phone Bank to call on voters in red states to put pressure on their MoCs to pass the Dream Act now. 

When: TONIGHT, Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: WeWork Grant Park (332 S Michigan Ave.)
RSVP here

Please bring your cell phone and headphones and if possible, a laptop/tablet (this makes it easier to read the call script). Charging cables or extra battery packs are recommended!


Action 2: Tell Senators to Fight Back Against Cruel ICE Policies

The cruelty of Trump’s ICE agency seems to know no bounds. Among all the atrocities, there is a 7-year-old girl being held in Chicago right now, separated from her mother, a refugee from the Congo who is being held in San Diego.

According to an ACLU lawsuit, the girl’s mother fled “near certain death” in the Congo and arrived in San Diego on November 1. She and her daughter did not try to sneak in. They went directly to border agents, and the mother communicated that she was seeking asylum.

Despite the fact that the mother followed the proper procedures for an asylum seeker, she was detained by ICE and forcibly separated from her daughter.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Since then, mother and child have been allowed to speak to each other only six times by phone, never with video. Six times. In nearly four months.”

The ACLU is fighting to reunite mother and child in court, but we want our Senators to speak out and take action to prevent ICE from separating families and neglecting the rights of refugees.

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

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and member of Indivisible. I’m calling today to ask {PERSON} to take immediate action to reunite the 7-year-old girl and her mother who came to the U.S. through San Diego on November 1, 2017 seeking asylum from the Republic of Congo. The ACLU has brought the case to the Courts. However, the legal process will only prolong the separation of this mother and child. ICE needs to undo this now. There's been no change in policy to warrant this separation. Let me know what is being done to quickly reunite them, as no charges have been brought against the mother and she has not been given Due Process. Thank you.

 

Action 3: Gubernatorial Panel on Immigration and DACA

As the March 20 primaries approach, the question arises, "How will our locally elected officials support undocumented residents in Illinois?" Join us on Monday, March 12 to hear the candidates for governor speak about local solutions to offer protection to our undocumented communities. Co-sponsored by Indivisible Chicago and other organizations, including Voto Latino and Women’s March: Illinois, the event will consist of two 45-minute panels:

  • The initial 45-minute panel is comprised of IL Gubernatorial candidates. The candidates will share their plans and ideas regarding policies to protect undocumented community members.

  • The second 45-minute panel will allow directly-impacted folks to share their stories and offer solutions to the DACA issue and share some ways in which our locally elected officials can offer some protection.

Both panels will be moderated by Protection for All Movement members and directly-impacted folks.

Candidates Confirmed: Daniel Biss, Tio Hardiman, Bob Daiber, and Dr. Robert Marshall
Candidates Invited: J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Bruce Rauner, and Jeanne Ives

When: Monday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: Amundsen High School (5110 N Damen Ave.)
Get your free ticket here
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