Act Now! Senate Vote Today!

Feb 8, 2018

By  Dan O’Neal for Mike H., Donna, Mike F., Janis, Amos, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Judy, and Dr. Bill—your PDA National Team

Call Your Senators Right Now: (202)-224-3121
“No DREAM, No Deal” on Continuing Resolution

Time is very short. Help Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) stand up for the brave, hard-working DREAMers! Things are moving pretty fast. Vote in the Senate is expected TODAY, Thursday February 8th! Trump said he wants a government shutdown unless Congress works out immigration reform. Fine with us. We demand a Clean Dream Act now.

Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121, ask to be connected to your Senators’ offices. Ask to speak to (or leave a voice for) the staffer working on Budget issues. Say you’re their constituent and you expect them to only vote for a Continuing Resolution (CR) if it includes a clean Dream Act.

This is the timeline as of the latest information we have:

  1. Today Vote in the Senate on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep government operating
  2. Later Today If the Senate passes a CR that differs from the House version, the Senate version would go back to the House
  3. Midnight tonight Government shut down unless both House and Senate pass identical CR legislation
  4. February 15 Big Dreamer march from N.Y. to D.C. starts
  5. March 1st DREAMer March arrives in D.C. for week of actions leading up to:
  6. March 5th DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) expires

Tell Congress to Pass A Clean Dream Act

DREAMers Protesting In Senate Office

Support The DREAMers

Statement from PDA National Advisory Board Member, Rep. Raul Grijalva:

[Today, February 8th] the government may shut down due to the inability of Congressional Republicans to pass a long-term funding measure, despite controlling both chambers of Congress and the presidency.

Most likely, they will decide to pass another short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open for another few weeks. This strategy of governing from crisis-to-crisis jeopardizes critical services that millions of Americans depend on and does nothing to protect Dreamers.

Republicans have become masters at holding programs hostage. They are creating false choices between non-controversial, widely supported programs—it’s time for them to stop playing games with people’s lives. We must protect DACA, fund community health centers (CHCs), reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI), and pass a long-term budget.

Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121, ask to be connected to your Senators’ offices. Ask to speak to (or leave a voice for) the staffer working on Budget issues. Say you’re their constituent and you expect them to vote NO on any Continuing Resolution (CR) that doesn’t include a clean Dream Act.

Statement from PDA Arizona Dreamer, Belen Sisa:

Every day a Dream Act is not passed thousands of undocumented youth and their families continue to suffer the consequences of deportation and the tragedy of feeling scared in the place they call home. Our communities are criminalized every day, we can no longer wait! Congress needs to stop their cowardly acts of deflection and pass a Clean #DreamActNow! I’m with you in solidarity, brothers and sisters! We will never stop fighting! #NoDreamNoDeal

Statement from PDA’s friend, Dreamer Erika Andiola:

The time is NOW! Each of the lawmakers we have been pressuring were elected promising that they would stand up for the people in their district. It’s time that we continue to put pressure on them every way we can—and make them keep that promise. All Democrats [in Congress] must pledge #NoDreamNoDeal til Dream is part of the spending bill. Anything different is just political posturing that will help NO ONE. Dreamers are getting deported for God’s sake!

Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121, ask to be connected to your Senators’ offices. Ask to speak to (or leave a voice for) the staffer working on Budget issues. Say you’re their constituent and you expect them to only vote for a Continuing Resolution (CR) if it includes a clean Dream Act.

We demand a clean Dream Act. That means passing the bipartisan compromise to fix the broken immigration system without any side agreements that undermine American values. That means no useless, expensive wall. No oppressive immigration raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). That means no vindictive punishment of states and localities that protect basic constitutional rights.

Tell Congress that the solution to the current crisis that Trump created is simple: Pass a clean Dream Act Now! Contact me at dan@pdamerica.org to join the DREAMers Advocacy Team. I’ll send you information about protests in your city or state.

PDA’s position on immigration policy is clear. Trump’s reactionary nationalism, framing the plight of DREAMers as somehow in competition with the working class, is dangerous xenophobia. Declaring that “Americans are dreamers, too” was certainly the saddest and sickest part of his speech. Do not tell us that “Making America Great Again” is all about creating walls and borders between us and them. We will not fall for it!

The People United Will Never Be Defeated! El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido!

In solidarity,

Dan O’Neal for Mike H., Donna, Mike F., Janis, Amos, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Judy, and Dr. Bill—your PDA National Team

P.S. We need a more progressive Congress, so give generously to help PDA elect progressives to Congress. Join the Win 2018 Sustainer Team at $20.18 per month—or giving any amount monthly—will help us find and support the next generation of Progressive champions. You’ll barely notice $20.18 (or any other amount) per month. Whatever you can afford to give, your regular contribution will make all the difference!

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