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DACA, DEPORTATION

The U.S. civilian workforce included 8 million unauthorized immigrants in 2014, accounting for 5% of those who were working or were unemployed and looking for work, according to new Pew Research Center estimates. The number was unchanged from 2009 and down slightly from 8.2 million in 2007.

Trump Admin can't force sanctuary cities to enforce deportation plans. That would be unconstitutional. (Cherminsky et al., Washington Post, 1/25/17)

(For general immigration legislation & action, see Immigrants section; for immigration ban info., see Muslim Ban section. To take action immediately, scroll down!)

UPDATES 9/26: (1) Dreamers whose renewals are set to expire before 3/5/18 must renew before 10/5/18 (per Kamala Harris, CA Secy of State). 9/25: GOP introduces the Success Act offering a citizenship path for DACA youth (see Learn, below for info.). 9/8: President Napolitano and the Univ. of CA sue Trump over ending DACA (New York Times). More legal action coming. Take action below, or here. 9/5: GOP pushes Trump to begin phasing out DACA in 10 states (Washington Post). 7/21: Dream Act to be re-introduced to Congress by Sens. Durbin and Graham (Daily Wire). Contact your representatives to support it! (see take action #9, below). Older Updates.

Here's what to do if ICE comes to your door, and other DACA resources from UC Berkeley

On 1/25, Trump issued an EO calling to end federal support for sanctuary cities, but it also, "expanded the list of deportation priorities to include any noncitizen who is charged with a criminal offense of any kind, or who is suspected of committing criminal acts or being dishonest with immigration officials. The order gives broader leeway to ICE officers in deciding whether someone poses 'a risk to public safety' ...with one lawyer saying in Spanish that immigrants need to take steps to protect themselves. 'Do not open the door to your home without seeing a warrant,' he said. 'Do not drive a car with broken lights, and do not drive at all at night.' (Ross, Davis, & Achenbach, Chicago Tribune, 2/12)

LEARN. What is DACA? The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows undocumented immigrants who entered the country before they were 16, two years of deferred deportation action and the ability to obtain a work permit. They must be in school, a high school graduate, be younger than 31, not pose a threat to our national security, and have never been convicted of a felony, a serious misdemeanor or three misdemeanors. Since 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year, this policy is a way to lower the immigration enforcement priority for people who were contributing to society and acting as good citizens. As of early September, Trump is ending DACA. See the latest from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services here.

On 2/21, the New York Times reported Trump's EOs on immigration aim to immediately deport undocumented persons from anywhere across the US, without due process, whether or not they have committed crimes. The article notes this will be difficult without many more ICE hires, and is estimated to take 2 years, and to begin away from border towns.

California is wasting no time helping DACA, having hired former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder to fight the Trump administration by protecting immigrants from deportation. (Reuters via AOL, 1/4/17)On 4/13/17, California passed SB84 to prevent local and state authorities from cooperating with ICE in deportation actions.

In a bipartisan effort, on July 20, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Dream Act to protect Dreamers, undocumented individuals, and those with TPS status from deportation, offering them a path to citizenship. Participants must graduate from high school or attend college, enter the US workforce, or enlist in the military. Read more about at the National Immigration Law Center.

Per ABC News, in late September, the GOP introduced the Success Act to offer DACA youth a 15-year (!) path to citizenship. It does, however, prevent recipients from sponsoring family members. Participants must pass a criminal background check, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, have been in the US since June, 2012, have arrived before age 16, submit biometric info to the DHS, and pay off tax liabilities. Dreamers would receive "conditional" permanent residence for 10 years before being eligible to apply for a green card, and could apply for citizenship five years after that.

California farmers are also quite concerned and are taking action, as immigrant labor works to harvest the fruit and vegetables eaten in the rest of the country (AP via Los Angeles Times, 1/5/17)

Anticipating Trump Deportation Fears Give Immigrant Advocates A Boost (Florido, NPR, 1/3/17): If there’s an upside, this is it.

TAKE ACTION

(1) Join ACLU's protest mobilization team, People Power! Read about the movement here. For that matter, join and support the ACLU, which is working to protect immigrants from registry, deportation, and profiling! Want an internship or a job? Check here. Also, Check The Resistance Calendar for actions near you!

(2) Visit United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth led network, offers help and action items for DACA individuals! Contact your representatives (see #9, below) to express your outrage with Trump's rescinding DAPA protections for parents of DACA youth. Text HereToStay to 877877 to join!

(3) Download a 2015 U.S. Dept. of Education brochure, "Supporting Undocumented Youth: A Guide for Success in Secondary and Post-Secondary Settings.".

(4) Help kids cope with discrimination, and visit the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund facebook page.

(5) A Slate article gives tips for cities fighting potential deportation of DACA and non-citizen individuals. Consider contacting your City Council or other officials and offering these suggestions. Many cities are actively seeking ideas and help (see LEARN, above).

(6) The excellent film, Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders, has a site with action items for protecting DACA.

(7) See “Take Action” items in Immigrants’ Rights.

(8) Live in an area with many immigrants? Able to donate to or volunteer with your local food pantry? Immigrants are now dropping food stamps and going hungry out of fear of deportation, so food pantries are critical.

(9) Follow state and federal policy proposals, and remember, members of Congress are MOST concerned about their own re-election (many Senators, and all House Representatives are up in 2018). If they get the sense people will vote based on their position on an issue, they will listen! It really does take only a handful of phone calls on a given topic from a representative's own constituents to influence that member of Congress. Who are your representatives? DC House of Representatives switchboard: 866-948-8977 and Senate 866-985-2543 (in addition to your local and state Congressional reps, call the DC number when Congress is in session and/or when you feel very, very strongly and alarmed about an issue or imminent legislation). Phoning is more effective than email, tweets, letters. Don't know your Senators’ phone number? Call 202/224-3121, put in your zip. You’ll be transferred. Here's an easy link to make 5 calls (then click on issue to the left). Shy to call? Don’t be concerned. You’ll likely be sent to voicemail. If you do reach someone, speak concisely and politely, telling them:

...you live in their district (for Representatives) or state (for Senators) OR will be phoning their voters before next election,
...you’re concerned about the elimination of DACA and deportation of DACA individuals,
...and you want them to:
-push for legislation to ensure that DACA endures and is strengthened, by, for example, passing THE BRIDGE ACT.
-immediately obstruct the GOP’s efforts to deport DACA individuals.

(10) Join or start your local Indivisible group to join with others in taking action on preserving DACA!

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