Call Of The Day: Protect Louisiana's DREAMers

A few days ago, the Trump administration announced it would rescind DACA, which grants protected status to undocumented immigrant children brought to the U.S. by their parents, or by other adults.

As of Sept. 5, the program will no longer accept new applications, and the administration will only grant renewals for the next six months.

Currently, there are 2,320 DREAMers in Louisiana who would be at risk of deportation.  They contribute $7,459,000 to the Louisiana economy in the form of state and local taxes.  (Source: Indivisible Guide)  The number of lives they touch and the heartbreak their deportation would cause, however, is immeasurable.

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 actually passes the legislation.  We must keep the pressure up on our Senators and Representatives.

WHO TO CALL:

Senators Kennedy and Cassidy; 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.  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, or HR 3591] and to protect 2,320 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 pay more than $7 million in state and local taxes.  They deserve a path to citizenship, not deportation.  So 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.