Thursday, April 26 - Dream Act Now / Stop Yesica’s Deportation

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to pass the Dream Act now!

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

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

  • Action 2: Call the Houston ICE office to stop Yesica’s deportation - (936) 520-5000 or (281) 931-2046


Action 1: Pass the Dream Act Now

Yesterday was a great victory for DACA recipients. A federal judge ruled that the Trump Administration’s order to rescind DACA was unlawful. The judge stayed his decision for 90 days and gave the Department of Homeland Security the opportunity to better explain its reasoning for canceling it. If the department fails to do so, it “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications.”

Although this ruling is good news, it is still shameful that DACA recipients and their families continue to be left in limbo while Congress has failed to pass the Dream Act, which will permanently protect them from deportation. It is time to call again on Congress to do the right thing and push to pass the Dream Act now!

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 in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I'm calling because the federal court’s recent ruling on DACA, while a step forward, highlights the fact that DACA recipients still lack a permanent solution and continue to face deportation. I’m calling on [Senator] to push to pass a clean Dream Act now and end the suffering of more than 800,000 families. Thank you.


Action 2: Stop Yesica’s Deportation

On April 4th we signed the petition to free Yesica. If you have not, please add your name. Follow up this week with a call to the Houston ICE Office in support of Yesica:

At 22 years old, Yesica has been detained at detention centers in Texas for almost two years. She is currently being held at CoreCivic's Houston Processing Center. Having survived trauma and persecution in El Salvador, she made her way to the U.S. alone to get to safety and reunite with her family. She braved the abusive detention and deportation machine stretching from Mexico to the U.S.

Yesica passed her credible fear interview and has appealed her asylum claim repeatedly, but ICE continues to deny her appeals and release. While Congress just voted to greatly increase the 2018 budget for ICE and Customs & Border Patrol, families like Yesica’s continue being ripped apart by an inhumane and deadly immigration enforcement system.

Yesica’s family lives in Chicago and has been waiting for years to be reunited with their oldest daughter and beloved sister. Yesica fled to the U.S. from El Salvador with her mother and two younger brothers in 2015 but was violently separated from her loved ones.

In 2016, she was apprehended at the border while attempting to reunite with her family. Her family’s asylum claims have been allowed and are proceeding under the same set of entry circumstances that apply to Yesica’s case. Yesica made the critical decision to flee El Salvador following the murder of her father and after her own life was threatened.

Now, Yesica is beset by depression, nightmares, and terror. She fears for her life after so many months in immigrant detention. Every person has the right to move and live freely, in community and with their family, without fear of being separated from their loved ones or displaced from their home. We are asking for your support to put pressure on ICE to stop Yesica’s deportation and release her from detention so she can join her family in Chicago.

Can you make a call this week to the Houston ICE Office in support of Yesica? Call (936) 520-5000 or (281) 931-2046.

Script: Hello, my name is [NAME]. I’m calling in support of Yesica Jovel, who is being held at Joe Corley in Conroe. I urge Director Patrick Contreras to use his discretion to stop Yesica’s deportation and release her. Ms. Jovel is a 22 year old young woman and a survivor of torture and sexual assault who has been in detention in Houston for two years, too long. Members of Congress in Texas and Illinois are advocating strongly for her. She deserves to be safe and reunited with her family.

Action and script from and Chicago Religious Leadership Network 

Daily Actions Editor