Time is running out to save DACA and the DREAMers.
In June, 10 state attorneys general (including our own Jeff Landry) wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the administration rescind DACA, an Obama-era program that protects from deportation immigrant children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their families.
If DACA is not discontinued by next Tuesday, September 5th, then the signatories threaten to take the program to court. Trump has already said that he won't defend DACA in court, meaning the program would not survive. Roughly 800,000 young people (known as "DREAMers") would suddenly be at risk of deportation to countries they have never known, tearing apart families and devastating their lives.
Many immigrants came to our area to help us rebuild our homes in the months and years after Hurricane Katrina. They brought their children and their families with them. They built lives here. We have a profound moral responsibility to help them now.
In July, Senators Lindsay Graham and Dick Durbin reintroduced the 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 passes the legislation soon. Very soon.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)
Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE (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 the thousands of DREAMers who live and work in Louisiana. DREAMers are vital members of our community where they helped us rebuild in the months and years after Katrina. They are school children, business owners, veterans. They deserve a path to citizenship, not deportation. So I urge the Senator to support this bipartisan effort and swiftly pass the DREAM Act, before Attorney General Jeff Landry and others take DACA to court on Tuesday. Only you can put an end to the fear that these young immigrants are living in.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.