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To: Representative Larry Bucshon

Defend DACA Now in Indiana!

Defend DACA Now in Indiana!

Publicly defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) from recent attacks. I've seen the hard-working generosity of the immigrant community in my local community, and I have friends who have worked hard to achieve success despite being faced with many obstacles that I haven't had to navigate. These young people have often grown up here and are already contributing to our communities with a great deal of dedication and innovation. We are less without them. Please stand up to protect valuable members of our community who are threatened by the attacks on the DACA program.

Why is this important?

On June 29, 2017 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 9 other Republican attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, as well as the Governor of Idaho, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for the Secretary of Homeland Security to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In their ultimatum to the Trump Administration, the attorneys general present two options: get rid of DACA or they will fight to destroy it in the courts.

The letter goes on to state that the Trump Administration has until September 5th, 2017 to begin the phase-out of DACA: halting the renewal and issuing of new DACA or expanded DACA permits and calling for an ultimate end to the program.

If the administration does not act on the letter’s demand, the attorneys general will expand the lawsuit they used to end DAPA (a sister program meant to protect Dreamers' parents and family members) to now add a challenge to DACA.

Recently, Luis Gutierrez met with Secretary of Homeland Security, General Kelly, and warned DACA and TPS recipients to prepare for the worst.

This is a serious threat for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, and it will take all of us raising our voices together to begin to turn the tide.

DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of qualified immigrant youth to gain legal protection, go to college, and support their families and communities. While Trump vowed he would leave Dreamers and DACA alone, a handful of states have now threatened to sue to try to end it themselves.

As a DACA recipient myself, I believe in our power when we stand together. The first step in this fight is to ask elected officials from every state to come out publicly defending -- instead of destroying -- DACA. They can use their power to make a strong case for why DACA is worth saving, but they need to hear from us that this is a critical priority.

Reasons for signing

  • These 600-800k people is not one of Stalin's quotes, but several hundred thousand scared and uncertain souls, every one wearing the face of Jesus
  • DACA gave me the opportunity to graduate college with an Associates Degree in Applied Science for Automotive Technology. It opened up many doors into my career as an automotive technician and has helped me support my family both in the U.S and in Mexico.


2017-07-21 20:43:40 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-07-21 00:12:34 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-07-20 18:38:35 -0400

25 signatures reached

2017-07-19 19:11:06 -0400

10 signatures reached