Tell Congress No to Opposing DAPA/DACA

March 14, 2016

Dear Representative:

We urge you to speak up publicly against hate and vote against House Speaker Paul Ryan’s resolution intended to stop President Obama’s immigration executive actions. Those executive actions represent the dreams and aspirations of millions of children, parents and families who have built lives here, who contribute to our economy and our communities, and who believe in the promise of America. Once implemented, the president’s executive actions will keep those families together and transform their lives. In doing so, they will make our nation a better place to live for all of us.

Contrarily, the Speaker of the House wants to prevent that from happening. He has announced plans to introduce a dream-crushing resolution authorizing the House of Representatives to file an amicus brief opposing Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. v. Texas.

DAPA would allow millions of parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to come out of the shadows, obtain temporary permission to remain in the United States, and apply for work authorization. Expanded DACA would do the same for people who came here as children decades ago. Joining Mr. Ryan’s efforts to defeat these programs would not be a technical legal exercise. Rather, it would be a clear signal to your constituents that you want the Supreme Court to derail their hopes. 

We, the undersigned, urge you to stand with immigrant families by saying “no” to the resolution to file an official amicus brief opposing DAPA and expanded DACA before the Supreme Court. We call on you to support President Obama’s executive actions so that people with strong ties to our nation can continue to be part of their children’s lives, our communities and this country.

Sincerely,

Alliance for Citizenship   
America's Voice (AV)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Arab American Association of New York
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
CARECEN-DC
CASA in Action
Cabrini Immigrant Services of New York City
Caring Across Generations
Center for Community Change/Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)
Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)
Centro de Legalizacion
Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)
Connecticut Working Families Organization
Damayan Migrant Workers Association
El Centro Hispanoamericano
El Pueblo, Inc.
Faith in New York
Faith in Public Life
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
iAmerica Action
iAmerica
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Jobs With Justice
Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC)
Korean Resource Center (KRC)
Long Island Wins
Make the Road Connecticut
Make the Road New Jersey
Make the Road Pennsylvania
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
Mexican Coalition
Mi Familia Vota
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
National Employment Law Project (NELP)
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
New Virginia Majority
New York Asian Women's Center
New York Immigration Coalition
New York State AFL-CIO
New York State Immigrant Action
OCA National Center
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Rev. Tony Suarez
UNITE HERE
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
United We Dream (UWD)
Voces de la Frontera
Voto Latino
Workers Defense Project
Workmen's Circle