Friday, December 8, 2017

URGENT calls needed: Senate Democrats must defend Dreamers and restore CHIP

protect our children

Democrats could protect more than 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and restore access to health care for 9 million children if they stand their ground during end-of-year budget negotiations. Will you make a call today to make sure they act?
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Call key Senate Democrats: Protect Dreamers and save CHIP
In the next few weeks, Congress will decide the fate of millions of children most threatened by Donald Trump. Right now, Democrats have all the leverage they need to force Congress to protect them – but it’s up to us to make sure they act.
Congress must approve a budget bill by the end of the year to fund the government and keep it running – and Republican leadership needs the support of Senate Democrats to make that happen. If Senate Democrats form a united front on passing a clean DREAM Act and reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) during the budget negotiations, they could force a vote on a must-pass spending package that would save millions of children’s lives and protect hundreds of thousands of Dreamers from deportation.
We must make sure that every Democrat in the Senate holds the line and votes in lockstep to protect the immigrants and children under attack by Donald Trump and his administration. Call today.
Trump’s heartless attacks on immigrants and children are already ruining people’s lives.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) gave many people brought to the United States as children by their parents the ability to work and live in the country. Since Donald Trump ended the program, more than 100 Dreamers a day lose their work permits and protection from deportation. Nearly 150,000 could face deportation by March if Congress does not reinstate the program immediately.1
CHIP gives low- and middle-income children access to lifesaving health care. Republicans allowed it to expire in September. Now, more than a dozen states are preparing to shut down their CHIP program completely.2 If Congress does not renew funding for CHIP, more than 9 million children will lose their health care.
To keep Dreamers safe and millions of children healthy, we need key Democratic senators to stand strong. Can you help flood their offices with calls demanding that they fight for a clean DREAM Act and federal funding for CHIP?
Call key Senate Democrats: Time to fight. Do everything you can to pass a clean DREAM Act and save CHIP now. Click the link below to start your call.
Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
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  1. Dara Lind, "Thousands of immigrants are losing their DACA protections already," Vox, Nov. 10, 2017.
  2. Colby Itkowitz and Sandhya Somashekhar, "States prepare to shut down children’s health programs if Congress doesn’t act," The Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2017.

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