The final deadline to file for DACA extensions has passed. That means that within two years, if legislation is not passed to prevent it, all DREAMers will face the possibility of being deported.
Currently there are 2,320 DREAMers in Louisiana who face risk of deportation. They contribute $7,459,000 to the Louisiana economy, in the form of state and local taxes, according to the Indivisible Guide. The number of lives they touch, and the heartbreak their deportation would cause, however, is immeasurable.
In July, Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin reintroduced the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to, and a path to citizenship for, DREAMers.
The DREAM Act can save thousands of families in Louisiana from being torn apart. But only if Congress actually passes the legislation. We must keep the pressure up on our Senators to do the right thing.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-582; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise – the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer – they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal – call back later!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today because I want the Senator to support the Dream Act and to protect 2,320 DREAMers who live and work in Louisiana. DREAMers are vital members of our community: they are school children, business owners and veterans. They pay more than $7 million in state and local taxes. They deserve a path to citizen ship, not deportation. So I urge the Senator to support this bipartisan effort and swiftly pass this legislation.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.