When President Trump announced that his administration was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last month, he postponed the deportations for six months, giving Congress time to come up with a legislative solution.
But the clock is ticking toward that deadline of March 5, 2018.
Unfortunately, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the rest of the Trump administration are doing everything possible to torpedo a legislative solution. On October 8, for example, the White House put forth a series of poison pill demands that Democrats in Congress are not going to accept.
What’s needed over the next four-and-a-half-months is a concerted effort to build momentum for a bill that legalizes the status of these DACA “dreamers.” They are promising young people, many of whom have served in the United States military.
They are Americans in every sense of the word. They simply lack legal status through no fault of their own.
Our America Initiative believes that it has the opportunity to play an important role in influencing support for reasonable legislation that Republicans and Democrats in Congress can agree upon. We’ve launched the “Fairness for New Americans Campaign” to do this.
Identifying more than 72,000 supporters and activists in states with swing votes
Working with partners across the nation, Our America Initiative has identified a number of key states, beginning in the West, that are home to swing votes in both the House and Senate.
Among those states are Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho and Texas. In those key states alone, OAI has more than 72,000 identified supporters and activists.
Beginning immediately, OAI will mobilize those thousands of residents and voters in those key states to contact their Representatives and Senators urging support for DACA legislation. The “activism” of these supporters is very solid.
Focusing on Republicans who have to deal with nativist factions in their party
In the political dynamic surrounding DACA legislation, President Trump is drawing hard battle lines by requiring support for unpalatable, restrictive and wasteful immigration measures. He will pressure Republicans to join him.
Democrats want to avoid DACA deportations. Their caucus will likely support such legislation. Their party leaders have already said they would rather shut down the U.S. government than give into Trump’s immigration demands.
This is where OAI believes that we have can a significant impact: The difference between success and failure rests will likely rest with Republican members of the House and Senate who are inclined to be sympathetic to the plight of “dreamers,” but who have to deal with the nativist factions within the Republican Party.
Supporting Republicans with ‘air cover’ to do the right thing
This is why, under this Our America initiative, strategic emphasis is being placed on providing these Republicans with the “air cover” they need to do the right thing.
Congressional offices have long reported that, whenever immigration legislation is considered, they are deluged with emails and phone calls from anti-immigration groups and activists.
They receive few calls from those on the “other” side. This is why countering this organized opposition at the district and state level is critical.
OAI will do this through the grassroots activism with 72,000 supporters and by leveraging the political relationships of OAI leadership, including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, honorary chairman of Our America Initiative.
Additionally, OAI plans to tap into its followers on social media and access to the news media, in this “Fairness for New Americans Campaign.”
Click here for more information about, and to sign up for, this vital campaign of Our America Initiative.
This above article is Sponsored Content of Our America Initiative.
(Protesters demonstrate to demand immigration reform in front of the White House August 30, 2017, in an effort organized by The Franciscan Action Network, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Church World Service and Sisters of Mercy and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium. The rally began seven days of prayer and fasting to demand the Trump Administration protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.)