Mission statement: The Immigration Issues Committee of Herndon-Reston Indivisible seeks the establishment of just and informed immigration policies and their just and humane enforcement, to protect and support immigrants and vulnerable communities, and to inform the broader community by sharing the stories of immigrants and the contributions they make to our community and country and dispelling myths about immigrants and immigration.
Actions: We consider issues and advocate for policies in keeping with our mission statement at the federal, state, and local levels, including Fairfax County and Town of Herndon. Our committee also partners with other organizations and participates in projects and events to welcome and support immigrants in our community. [Check back or attend our meetings to learn about new and additional calls to action.]
- Support legislation to provide legal status to DACA recipients (Click here to learn about the actions you can take.)
- Information for contacting government officials
- Welcome Blanket project
- 3rd Annual Dinner of the Centreville Immigration Forum
9/22/17, 6:30 PM, International Country Club, 13200 Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA
Upcoming meetings: We welcome you to join us at our next committee meeting on September 26, at 6:30 PM; please contact the committee coordinator to request the meeting location.
Contact: For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-354-0673.
Resources for learning more about:
Fairfax County policies
The process to become a lawful permanent resident
Refugee resettlement in the US
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Support legislation that will provide legal protections for people with DACA: A first vote on the DREAM Act (S. 1615, H.R. 3440) may occur as soon as September 26 in the House. Because Congress is on recess this week (September 18-22), please contact them by phone in addition to reaching out to them on social media and/or by email. Read below for 3 actions you can take now to stand with our immigrant neighbors.
1. Call our members of Congress to demand they make it their top priority to pass legislation to provide legal protections for people with DACA.
• Ask them: what is the Representative/Senator currently doing to support DACA recipients?
[They may mention the DREAM Act of 2017 (S. 1615, H.R. 3440), the American Hope Act of 2017 (H.R. 3591), the Bridge Act (S. 128, H.R. 496), or the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act (H.R. 1468).] • Ask them to support legislation (such as the DREAM Act or American Hope Act), that will a) provide legal status and a path to citizenship for people with DACA, b) without providing for tougher enforcement for immigrants who aren’t eligible for DACA, and c) without providing funding for the President’s border wall or expanded detention and deportation of immigrants. You may have heard this referred to as a “clean DREAM Act,” but it’s best to be specific about what you mean.
• Express your concern and support for DACA recipients.
• Ask them to speak out publicly in support of legislation that will provide legal protections for people with DACA without vilifying, criminalizing, scapegoating, or penalizing other immigrants.
**If you live in Rep. Comstock’s district, please add these to the talking points above:
• Request a meeting with her to discuss the DREAM Act.
• Ask her to sign off on the discharge petition for the DREAM Act. [A discharge petition would bring the bill from committee to the House floor for a vote.] [Click here for additional information and suggestions.]
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2. Make a donation.
There are approximately 200,000 people nationwide who are eligible to apply to renew their DACA status; for this eligible group, renewal applications, including a $495 fee, must be received by the government by October 5. If you are able to make a financial donation to assist people who cannot afford the fee, please consider these options.
a) CASA, one of the organizations with which we partner — https://www.youcaring.com/casademaryland-942753
b) United We Dream — https://secure.actblue.com/donate/renewalfund
Additionally, Legal Aid Justice Center and Just Neighbors, organizations that are hosting and/or providing volunteers for a number of DACA renewal clinics in Northern Virginia, are seeking donations help pay for postage for the DACA renewal applications and office supplies for the clinics.
3. Ask people you know to take action.
Call and/or email your friends, family, neighbors, and other members of your community and network. Tell them why you support DACA recipients, what actions you have taken to #DefendDACA, and ask them to call their elected officials. Share this information on social media using the hashtags #DACA, #DreamAct, and #DefundHate. (You can also share this call to action at http://herndonrestonindivisible.com/issue-immigration/#DACA.)
More about DACA:
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program, established in 2012, that provides temporary lawful presence and relief from deportation for people who arrived in the US as children. About 800,000 people currently have this status (are “DACAmented”). People with DACA are going to school, working (DACA provides legal authorization to work), and living in and contributing to our communities.
On September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the program. For people who currently have DACA, as their status expires, they will be at risk of being deported, being ripped from their families and communities, and deported to countries that are not their homes, as well as not being able to work, continue their studies, and pursue their dreams. It would be devastating to them, to their families, and our communities. This would affect millions of people, including the 800,000 DACA recipients and the millions of people who love and care about them and depend on them. Congress must act NOW to ensure to provide legal protections to people with DACA.
While DACA is at immediate risk, making the future uncertain for about 800,000 people, many DACA recipients are also expressing concern for and solidarity with the larger immigrant community, including those with TPS (Temporary Protected Status), refugees, and those without legal authorization. Protection for DACA should not come at the expense of tougher enforcement for immigrants who aren’t eligible for DACA and should not be used as a bargaining chip by the President or his administration to get funding for his border wall and expanded detention and deportation of immigrants.