Come join the Unitarian Society Immigration/Refugee Response Team (IRRT) in a call to action in support of the 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The IRRT will be leading a congressional postcard-writing event and potluck 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday October 1 in Parish Hall at the Unitarian Society.
We will join together to write and send 1,000 postcards to members of congress to implore their support on the spring 2018 vote to ensure that DACA young people can remain in the United States without the fear of deportation and work toward the development of a path to citizenship.
DACA is a program created in 2012 by the Obama administration allowing young people brought to this country illegally by their parents to get a temporary reprieve from deportation and to receive permission to work, study, and obtain driver’s licenses. DACA applicants had to be younger than 31 years old when the program began. They also had to prove that they had lived in the United States continuously since June 15, 2007, and that they had arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16.
Those signing up for DACA must show that they have clean criminal records. They have to be enrolled in high school or college, or serve in the military. Their status is renewable every two years.
According to NPR, “Just nine Republicans in Congress currently support a clean legislative fix of DACA. Most Republicans are willing to support continued protections for DREAMers only if it is paired with other legislative measures, such as a border wall. This would mean Congress would have to pass some form of broader immigration reform — a task they have failed to accomplish repeatedly over the last decade.”
Many of you met last May with students for UCSB who are participants of the DACA program and heard their stories. Here is an opportunity to put your faith into action and support their cause. Materials and instruction will be provided, we need you to come ready to write and bring a food item to share.
Want to know more? Sign up Sunday in the Garden or contact May Osher at (805) 684-6125 for details.