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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will revoke the protected status of over 800,000 people currently residing in the United States. Oregon is home to over 11,000 DACA recipients, often called “Dreamers”, many of whom are young people who have no memory of living anywhere else. They have gone to school here, built families and careers, and have become active members of their communities. Now, they are in jeopardy of having their lives torn apart by this decision.

Oregon Education Association stood in solidarity with Dreamers, community leaders and members of the numerous organizations that make up the One Oregon Coalition to show our support for the many students and families who will be affected. One Oregon organized a press conference and rally on September 5th in front of the Portland State University campus to let our leaders know that we will stand with our families, friends, neighbors, students, and coworkers to fight on their behalf. The crowd heard emotional testimonies from several Dreamers who spoke about their experience growing up as undocumented youth, living in constant fear and uncertainty before DACA gave them the opportunity to go to college, get a job, and finally feel as though they had somewhere to belong.

Here are some things you can do to show your support to the students and families in your life:

Join the conversation on social media

Use the hashtag #PROTECTDREAMERS across all platforms to show your support. 
Sample messages:

  • We will protect our DACAmented youth! It’s time to act on behalf of our brothers and sisters, urge Congress to pass the Dream Act!
  • Rescinding the protections of DACA is against the values of America. It’s cruel, and tears apart families and communities. #PROTECTDREAMERS
  • The Trump Administration is acting on hate and bigotry; this decision to revoke DACA is immoral and un-American.

Contact Your Congress Members!

Click here to find contact information for your Congress members or call 1-855-764-1010 to be connected with your representatives. Let them know that 800,000 young people need their action now! The Dream Act of 2017 will provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, providing a permanent legislative solution.

Tell Congress to pass the Dream Act by sending a digital postcard.

Sign the #PROTECTDREAMERS pledge

Visit http://educationvotes.nea.org/daca/ to pledge your support for DACA.

The National Education Association has compiled some resources to help educators show support for their students in the wake of this unsettling decision; click here for more information about how you can help!