October 16, 2017


Tell Congress to Protect Immigrant Youth and Support the DREAM Act


Adolescent Health Providers:

We need your help to urge Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The DACA program, which was established in 2012, has allowed about 800,000 people who came to the U.S. as children to stay and work in the country under two-year renewable permits. The children who were protected under DACA have grown into young adults who have served our country in uniform, graduated from colleges and universities and have invested their lives and work in our cities and communities.

In early September, the Trump Administration decided to end the program in March 2018. Right now, current work permits are still valid and those expiring before March were eligible for a 2-year renewal if they were renewed by October 5, 2017, but the government will not accept new applications moving forward. 

Renewing the DACA program should not come at the cost of penalizing, harming, or criminalizing other immigrant children and adolescents, such as unaccompanied minor children or their parents. The bipartisan, bicameral DREAM Act would keep
the DACA program permanently intact without any other harmful policies against immigrant and refugee adolescents and families.

Tell Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act without delay.

Call your members of Congress today. To find out who your legislators are, go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov and click on the corresponding boxes to “find your representative” or “find your senator.” D.C. office phone information should follow. Use the talking points below to urge your federal legislators to pass the DREAM Act without delay.
  • Hello. I am an adolescent health provider from {your state}. I am calling today to urge {Senator's/Representative's name} to pass the bipartisan, bicameral DREAM Act of 2017, which keeps the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program intact permanently.
  • For the 800,000 immigrants who have been protected under the DACA program, the United States is their home. For many, they have no real connection to their country of origin and no family anywhere but in our country.
  • The adolescents protected under DACA have grown into young adults who have served our country in uniform, graduated from colleges and universities and have invested their lives and work in our cities and communities. They deserve to be accepted, embraced and treated with compassion.
  • Far too many children and adolescents in this country live in constant fear that they or their parents will be taken into custody or deported. This fear can impact their health and development. The expiring deadline of DACA exacerbates the fear, anxiety and discrimination already too present in this vulnerable population. It is important that Congress passes a clean DREAM Act, one that does not come at the cost of penalizing, harming, or criminalizing other immigrant youth, such as unaccompanied minor children or their parents. Children and adolescents do not immigrate; they flee.
  • I am urging you to please protect immigrant adolescents and pass a clean DREAM Act that keeps the DACA program permanently intact and does not contain policies that would harm other immigrant children and families like unaccompanied children and their parents.
Thank you for your help on this advocacy issue and work to protect immigrant adolescents and families.

Krishna Upadhya, MD
SAHM Advocacy Chair

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM
SAHM President

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