CREDO released the statement below in advance of the Senate taking up immigration legislation:
“This week may be the Senate’s last chance to protect Dreamers before Trump’s cruel and arbitrary March 5 deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,” CREDO Campaign Manager Nicole Regalado said. “But instead of focusing on the task at hand, many Senate Republicans want to use this debate as an excuse to demonize immigrant communities and attack our entire legal immigration system,” Regalado said. “All Senate Democrats and any Senate Republican with a conscience must stand strong and insist on a clean DREAM Act with no funding for Trump’s wall of hate and no cuts to legal immigration,” Regalado continued, adding, “anything else will be a betrayal of immigrant communities that progressives will remember for years to come.”
CREDO has a long history of advocating for immigrants and funding leading organizations in the immigrant rights movement. Below, please find a few details on CREDO’s recent campaigning as well as our philanthropy in support of a clean DREAM Act and immigrant rights.
130+ PROGRESSIVE GROUPS SEND LETTER TO DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP: In December, CREDO and United We Dream drafted and organized a letter from more than 130 progressive organizations demanding they ensure that a clean DREAM Act is included in any must-pass spending bill. Read the full letter here.
$800,000+ IN DONATIONS TO THE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Through CREDO’s monthly donations program, CREDO members have donated more than $800,000 to leading immigrant rights groups including United We Dream, America’s Voice, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Law Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Council of La Raza, Mijente, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Migrant Legal Action Program, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Detention Watch Network and American Immigration Law Foundation.
14,000+ PHONE CALLS TO CONGRESS DEMANDING CLEAN DREAM ACT: CREDO members have made more than 11,000 phone calls to targeted congressional offices demanding immediate passage of a clean DREAM Act.
VIRAL VIDEOS SUPPORTING CLEAN DREAM ACT VIEWED BY MILLIONS: CREDO’s videos feat. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Joe Kennedy III and other progressive champions have been viewed millions of times and shared more than 35,000 times on Facebook.
50,000+ PETITION DSCC AND DCCC: NO SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED TO DEPORT DREAMERS: CREDO’s petition, which has been signed by more than 57,000 people, reads: “Refuse to help elect any congressional Democrat who voted for the year-end spending bill without a clean DREAM Act.” United We Dream and Presente are running similar campaigns.
225,000+ PETITION CONGRESS: PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT: Since the fall, more than 225,000 people have signed CREDO petitions calling on Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act with no strings attached.
- 1,000,000+ PETITION SIGNATURES DELIVERED ON CAPITOL HILL: In September, CREDO joined ACLU, America’s Voice, Daily Kos, MoveOn, National Immigration Law Center, Parents Together Action, United We Dream and Working Families Party to deliver more than one million petition signatures to Congress demanding a clean DREAM Act. Watch the event here.
- 325,000+ PETITION SIGNATURES DELIVERED TO PELOSI’S SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE: In October, CREDO organized a petition delivery at Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office urging her to hold the line and lead her caucus in demanding a clean DREAM Act. With our friends at ACLU of Northern California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Courage Campaign, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, MoveOn, Movimiento Cosecha and United We Dream, we delivered more than 325,000 petition signatures. Watch the event here.
FIGHTING FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL: Since Trump took office, CREDO has run grassroots campaigns in support of stronger protections for immigrant communities in California, New York, Texas, Los Angeles and Chicago. In addition, more than 100,000 CREDO members have signed a petition urging governors to “resist any executive mandate or policy that divides and targets people based on their race and country of origin,” and more than 50,000 have signed a petition urging mayors to “do everything in your power to ensure that our city implements policies and practices that protect immigrants and refugees from harassment, detention and deportation by ICE, the Border Patrol or other government agencies.”
STANDING WITH HUNGER STRIKING DREAMERS: In December, CREDO recruited for rallies and vigils nationwide to support hunger striking Dreamers who were arrested occupying the offices of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Carlos Curbelo to demand that Congress pass a clean DREAM Act.
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of over five million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.