Our Unitarian Universalist Principles call us to stand against criminalization of our communities. The inherent worth and dignity of all people and the inextricable connections between us mean that when one of us is at risk of deportation, none of us are truly free and beloved. When policymakers target people who are served by programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), we refuse to be divided.
Recent attacks on immigrant communities will mean 800,000 additional young people are at risk of losing access to higher education, employment and livelihood, and relief from deportation. As part of Love Resists, now is the moment to raise your voice in opposition to this mass criminalization of our communities.
Our partners are calling us to take immediate action, knowing the defense of DACA recipients, the “Dreamers,” is only one step in our work to ensure safety, dignity and clear path to residency and citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Here are three things you can do today
1) Support The Renewal Fund and Help Dreamers with Their DACA Fees
DACA recipients’ issuances and work permits will remain valid until their expiration dates – and those that expire between now and March 5 of 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that there are approximately 154,000 individuals who qualify for these renewals. This process is urgent, complicated, and expensive – applicants must submit a $495 fee along with their renewal applications. United We Dream and their partners are launching The Renewal Fund: an urgent opportunity to directly support DACA recipients’ renewal applications and fees. All funds will go directly to application costs.
2) Call on Congress to Pass A Clean DREAM Act
As we take action to support Dreamers, Mijente and migrant rights groups are calling us to ensure that DACA is not used as bargaining chip to further criminalize immigrant communities. Congressional leadership needs to hear that without a clean DREAM bill, people’s lives will be further on the line. Call 1-833-600-0689 to be connected with your legislators and tell them to refuse any enforcement add-ons—no increases in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or border patrol agents, no wall—and push for immediate protections.
3) Ask ICE, “Where Are Your Papers?”
Our partners at Mijente have found that under Trump, ICE has reported a 150 percent increase in its use of force. ICE has rescinded any guidance on prosecutorial discretion, making every single undocumented person a target for removal. This week, Mijente launched a nationwide investigation into ICE, and has created new tools to help communities protect and defend against raids.
Love Resists Remains Grounded in Solidarity
We join in prayers and solidarity with all who are offering physical Sanctuary, supporting Sanctuary congregations in their communities, and working for Sanctuary policies in their cities and towns. We know that this includes providing pastoral care, accompaniment, making phone calls, as well as taking direct action in the streets. May you find strength in the midst of it all to channel the power of our ancestors that say no human can ever be illegal.
We keep our hearts and hands on the work that will protect and defend all 11 million undocumented immigrants and we fight for programs like DACA and TPS that have provided more rights and safety to us and to those we love.
Thank you for joining us in this work.