Tell Congress: Protect Undocumented Immigrants
President Elect Trump has threatened to “immediately terminate” President Obama’s executive actions, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy has been life changing for youth who have successfully applied for DACA. They can now apply for drivers’ licenses, take advantage of educational opportunities, and bring their skills to the workforce, securing their futures and strengthening our nation. Thanks to DACA, these teens and young adults no longer live in daily fear of being apprehended by immigration officers. But that shield from deportation is in danger of being lifted by President Elect Trump. Tell your representatives in Congress to stand up against these anti-immigrant views.
These actions are reckless and will separate hundreds of thousands of families living in America. Thankfully, there are leaders in Congress working to stop these misguided actions with forward-thinking legislation. Help defend immigrants by calling or sending a letter to your member of Congress today.
Calling the office of a representative is one of the most impactful ways to advocate (to learn why, read this NY Times article). When calling, here are some tips:
- Leave a voicemail. If voicemail is full, press "0." This will typically connect you to a receptionist who may be able to take your message or transfer you to a voicemail that isn't full.
- Be prepared to give your name and your location. You can refer to yourself as a constituent and they might not ask.
- Note that the operator is likely using some kind of form to mark your call, the goal is to generate a high volume of calls that require the operator to check off individual boxes. That means it’s critical to name your issues specifically and not just say something like "oppose Trump."
- First-time callers often fear they will be quizzed or interrogated, but they generally just need to offer their opinion and basic personal information, like name and city. The person listening will likely just pass along what you say, rather then ask questions.
- Be courteous to the person answering the phone. “Communicate in a way that someone can’t ignore.”
Contact Your Representatives
To find your congressional representatives, visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and enter your zip code.
To find your state’s senators, visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.
Republican Party Leadership
- Speaker of the House / Congressional Majority Leader, Paul Ryan: 202-225-3031
- Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell: 202-224-2541
Democrat Party Leadership
- Congressional Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4965
- Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid: 202-224-3542
- Barbara Boxer: 202-224-3553
- Dianne Feinstein: 202-224-3841