Call Of The Day: Urge Republicans To Protect DREAMers

Several media outlets reported Wednesday night that Trump, Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY), and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D - CA) agreed to work on a deal to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  This is fairly big (and surprising) news, considering that Trump was the one who rescinded DACA in the first place.  Furthermore, Trump took to his Twitter feed yesterday morning to praise DREAMers (though not by name) as "good, educated and accomplished young people".

Of course, any new DACA legislation will need Republican support.  That's where we come in – pressuring our Senators and Representatives to stand with the DREAMers in Louisiana state and the country as a whole.

Currently there are 2,320 DREAMers in Louisiana who would be at risk of deportation.  They contribute some $7.5 million to the Louisiana economy in the form of state and local taxes.  However, the number of lives they touch – and the heartbreak their deportation would cause – is immeasurable.

In July, Senators Lindsay Graham (R - SC) and Dick Durbin (D - IL) 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 actually passes it.  So we must keep up the pressure.

WHO TO CALL:

Senators Cassidy and Kennedy; Representative Scalise OR Representative Richmond.

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

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Representative Scalise: (202) 225-3015; Representative Richmond: (202) 225-6636

Reminders:  Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Only call your own representative. 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!

Sample Script:

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 Congressman to support [SENATE: The DREAM Act]/[HOUSE: The American Hope Act] and to protect the 2,320 DREAMers who live and work in Louisiana.  DREAMers are vital members of our community – they're school children, business owners and members of the military.  They pay more than $7 million in state and local taxes.  They deserve a path to citizenship, not deportation. I urge the Congressman to support this bipartisan effort and swiftly pass the legislation.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.  Stay safe out there.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.