The President’s decision to end the DACA program has awoken us to an important truth: the rights of our friends and neighbors should not be conditional on the whims of a single person. Otherwise, they can be taken away just as easily as they are granted.
President Trump has challenged Congress to solve this problem within the next 6 months. Legislators from both sides of the aisle have expressed their intention to show mercy and appreciation to those affected by this decision. You can help by contacting your Congressmen and Congresswomen to voice your support for a Congressional solution that mirrors and improves upon the DACA policy.
Republican Representatives and Senators who are on the fence about if and how to solve this problem will be expecting a vocal outcry from Democrats, but their real aim will be to determine how the people that voted them into office feel. For this reason, one of the biggest things you can do is engage productively with individual voters who are on the fence about how to handle this situation. If you can persuade them of the wisdom of a DACA-like solution, and also convince them to voice their support for it to their elected officials, you vastly increase the odds that your message will be acted on.
If you know someone who is on the fence and who is willing to listen, you won’t change their mind by yelling at them. Furthermore, you don’t have to do it by yourself. I will personally speak with any of your friends who, though we may not agree, are willing to listen. You can ask for my help talking to your friends and neighbors by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to express my unqualified love and support for those in our community who were protected by the DACA policy. The continued presence of these friends and neighbors was neither a drain on our resources nor a trial to be borne. Rather, associating with these smart, hardworking individuals has truly been a blessing, to me individually and to all of us. We have benefitted enormously by their contribution to our social fabric. It would be as wrong as it would be painful to ask them to leave: to give up their jobs, end their education, stop their volunteer work, and to sever their loving ties to friends and family.
I have faith that our DACA community, which today is fearful and hurt, will soon rejoice in a successful new policy that does not depend on the heart of a President, but has the full faith and force of our Congress, Our Constitution, and the American People. Join me in working to make this vision a reality.
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