This week, as hurricanes and wildfires devastate much of the country, the Trump administration will continue to act on the executive order to rescind DACA from 800,000 immigrants–including 138,440 DACA recipients in Texas.
Each year Texas DACA recipients contribute $313,095,000 in State and local taxes. Now it’s up to your representatives in Congress to stand up to Trump’s hateful decision and secure the futures of DACA recipients with a legislative fix: The DREAM Act (S.1615 / H.R.3440).
“Among the DACA recipients in Texas is a Houston-area paramedic named Jesus Contreras who spent at least six days helping people during Harvey’s record floods. Another was Alonso Guillen, who died while working as a volunteer trying to rescue people in the storm.” (New York Times)
If you only make one call this week, tell your members of Congress that you want the DREAM Act attached to every must-pass bill in Congress. Here’s a sample script:
“I expect [Senator/Representative] to get on the right side of history with this issue and co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act. The bill number is S.1615 / H.R.3440. It is inhumane to tear away young people who are American in every way except on paper—and our economy would take a huge hit if they are forced to leave their jobs.”
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Monday, Sept. 11
7:30 p.m. Facebook Live with the Indivisible Project
Join Indivisible Policy Director Angel Padilla and others from our team to talk about the latest on the Dream Act, the Budget, tax reform, and more on Monday at 8:30PM ET, and bring all your questions about what’s next for Congress this month and what you and your group can be doing to hold them accountable.
Tuesday, Sept. 12
All Day. Stand Up for immigrants: tell your MoC to vote no on H.R. 3697.
With the whole country’s eyes on the futures of DACA recipients, Trump’s friends in Congress have been working to move along other parts of their anti-immigrant agenda. The House is expected to vote this Tuesday on H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This bill would allow Trump’s deportation machine to label wider categories of immigrants as “gang members,” including those fleeing gang violence. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children. Tell your MoCs to vote “No.”
6 to 7:30 p.m. Black Lives Matter September General Body Meeting
1705 E 11th St.
From the organizers: Join Black Lives Matter Austin for our September General Body Meeting. There will be several working committees: Education, Criminal Justice Reform, Health, Economics, Housing, Transportation, and Civics. “All are welcome at the table.”
Wednesday, Sept. 13
9 a.m. Senate Judiciary hearing on DACA
UPDATE: The DACA hearing has been postponed. No new date has been set. Committee Chair Chuck Grassley decides the date. Our Senators Cornyn and Cruz are both committee members; let’s call them today to demand that they don’t forget DREAMers. This issue cannot wait any longer.
The futures of 800,000 young Americans still hang in the balance — use this hearing to amplify demands that your MoCs support the DREAM Act. Ask your MoCs for a clean vote on the DREAM Act and that it be attached to a must-pass vehicle this month.
Saturday, Sept. 16
9 to 10:30 a.m. Rep. Lloyd Doggett Town Hall in San Antonio
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and State Senator José Menéndez invite you to a town hall to discuss Veterans Affairs
Saturday, September 16, 2017
San Antonio College
Nursing and Allied Health Complex (NAHC)
Room 218 A&B
(Off San Pedro Ave. and W. Park Ave.)
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Minnie Abrego-Sanchez at 210-733-6604 or Minnie.firstname.lastname@example.org
3 to 5 p.m. Flashmob for Resistance
From the organizers: This is a flashmob so information here is limited. The performance will be quick, simple to prepare for, and is designed so anyone can participate regardless of performing arts ability. Although, there will be an opportunity for some group members to have more of a spotlight role. Kids age 8 and up welcome with an adult.