No DACA Deal in Budget: Tell Congress We Need a Clean DREAM Act NOW! | California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

No DACA Deal in Budget: Tell Congress We Need a Clean DREAM Act NOW!

Senate Deal OK’s funding for CHIP and CHC’s; Prevention Fund Gets Slashed

February 8, 2018. Another showdown over the federal budget is ticking away and there’s still uncertainty over whether the House will come to an agreement before midnight tonight. The Senate is expected to pass a 600 page deal that would keep the government open for another six weeks, but doesn’t include a provision for Dreamers. CPEHN believes it’s time for Congress to stop holding DACA recipients hostage and pass a clean DREAM Act that’s not attached to a border wall, the diversity lottery or other immigration issues. CPEHN agrees with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) that Dreamers who have work permits, driver’s licenses and in-state tuition are being subjected to unnecessary cruelty as they await an uncertain future. These young people are part of our communities in every way except on paper. Many have known no other home.

As we lunge towards another government funding deadline, CPEHN stands with our immigrant youth and families in condemning the racist rhetoric of this administration and urges Congress to protect Dreamers. Scroll down for ways you can help TODAY.

Latest Senate Health Care Provisions 
The bi-partisan Senate continuing resolution includes the following:

  • $1.35 billion cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund
  • $10 billion in cuts to Medicaid
  • Additional 4 year extension for CHIP through 2027
  • Community Health Centers (CHCs) funded, $3.8 billion in 2018 and $4 billion in 2019, including funds for integration of behavioral health into primary care
  • Eliminates DSH funding reductions in 2018 and 2019
  • $6 billion targeted to the opioid epidemic

The agreement notably includes $300 billion in military spending, an increase of 9% and $90 billion in disaster relief for the hurricanes and wildfires of last year including for Puerto Rico.

We need to #GetLoud about the fate of Dreamers TODAY!

Call your Democratic or Republican Congress Member TODAY and tell them:

“We need a clean government funding resolution that includes protections for DACA youth.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2451
House Speaker Paul Ryan (202) 225-0600

Use this script:

“Hello, my name is ____ and I am calling to urge Congress Member ________ to support a clean DREAM Act that does not include any anti-immigrant attachments such as funding for the border wall and border security, and cuts to family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery system. We call on you to vote against any spending bills that do not include a clean DREAM.”
Now that you have called, help us spread the word on social Media


Sample Tweets:

  • [INSERT HANDLE] stand strong for #Dreamers! #VoteNO on any spending caps deal that does not include protections for the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who call America home.
  • [INSERT HANDLE] every day that Congress delays, 122 more DACA recipients lose deportation protections. #Vote4NO on any spending caps deal that doesn’t include a real solution for more than 800,000 Dreamers who call the U.S. home.
  • [INSERT HANDLE], #Dreamers can’t wait any longer. We need a real solution for the more than 800,000 Dreamers that call the U.S. home NOW.

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