Everyone has an opinion…
Or better said, everyone needs to have an informed opinion about issues going on in our country. There is lots of talk on social media and the news. What is needed – by all of us – is to take the time to learn, consider, discern and express our opinions and views that will help guide and shape our country — our culture abd our world.
That is why we created DACA – Dig, Ask, Call, Act – to help all of us engage on one of the important issues of our time – “ DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
The heart of the issue is simply this… back in early September, President Trump gave Congress 60 days to develop a law/policy to address Dreamers, children of immigrants and migrants, who are in the United States.
We need you to Dig, Ask, Call, Act – to express your opinion and views. Congress needs to act soon and each of us needs to speak up and let our views and opinions be known to them.
Dig… Ask….Call… Act… is our way to help create a better country for all.
Dig – (in) and get educated
- What does DACA stand for?
- The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- NOTE: The Department of Homeland Security is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA, but we will adjudicate initial requests for DACA accepted by Sept. 5, 2017.
- To qualify for the DACA program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have arrived in the United States prior to age 16
- Have continuously resided in the United States without legal status since June 15, 2007
- Be less than age 31 as of June 15, 2012 and at least age 15 at application (unauthorized immigrants under 15 but in removal proceedings are also eligible to apply)
- Be currently enrolled in school, have graduated high school or obtained a general development certificate (GED), or be an honorably discharged veteran
- Have not been convicted of a felony or multiple or serious misdemeanors and not pose a threat to national security or public safety
- Nearly three-quarters of DACA applicants have lived in the United States for at least ten years and nearly one-third were age five or younger at arrival.
- There is no evidence that DACA holders are more likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens.
Ask – ask questions
- Does the Bible give principles or insights that should guide Christian thinking on immigration?
- Is there a ‘Christian position’ on illegal immigration?
- Would it be un-Christian to expel illegal immigrants who have built their lives in the United States?
Call – call your congressman (info and resources on how to do so)
- Voice your opinion. Congressmen and Congresswomen listen and act based on their constituents.
- This link will inform you of your US Senators and Representatives, along with their voting record: www.govtrack.us
- This link will inform you of both your US Congressmen/Congresswomen AND your state elected officials: act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page
Act – Share information with family and friends – help them get educated.
- No matter your position, educate your family and friends about DACA – what it is, what you believe, and what they can do to get involved.
- Below is a simple email that you can send to your family and friends about the issue:
- Hello! I was just on www.thefest.us/DACA reading about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This has been a controversial topic discussed in the news recently. I wanted to learn more about it, and found that thefest.us provided the facts on the topic. I figured you may be interested in it too! If you want to talk about the topic, I’d love to find some time to do so!