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FWD.US OKLAHOMA COALITION TO HOLD TELE-ROUNDTABLE ON CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON DACA, WILL RELEASE LETTER TO OKLAHOMA REPRESENTATIVES URGING ACTION
OKLAHOMA CITY – The FWD.us Oklahoma Coalition will host a tele-roundtable on congressional action on DACA on Thursday, November 30 at 10:30 AM CT. Coalition members will provide an update on the current state of play and the urgent need for congressional action to protect approximately 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients, who are currently living and working in the United States but face the imminent threat of deportation if Congress does not pass a permanent legislative solution.
The tele-roundtable comes as nearly 20 FWD.us Oklahoma Coalition members released a joint letter to Oklahoma lawmakers urging for the passage of a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers this year, and highlighting the tremendous impact it could have on Oklahoman communities and the local economy.
Time is running out for Congress to respond to the Trump Administration’s Sept. 5, 2017 decision to rescind the DACA program, and the threat is growing for nearly 6,800 Oklahoma Dreamers who have lost or will lose their DACA status in the coming months. If Members of Congress do not pass a permanent legislative solution by March 5, every single day between March 6 and November 6, approximately 1,700 DACA recipients will lose their protections from deportation, and could be ripped out of the workforce, separated from their families, and deported to countries they may not even remember.
The tele-roundtable will include a state-of-play update from event participants, including their opinion and expertise on what needs to be done to protect Dreamers and to urge Congress to act this year. The update will be followed by a brief Q&A, providing coalition and community members the chance to ask for an expert opinion on the role they can plan in passing a long-term legislative solution for Dreamers.
WHAT: Tele-roundtable event on the current state of play of DACA in Congress
WHO: Peter Boogaard, Communications Director, FWD.us
Erika Lucas, CEO, StitchCrew
Carlos Rubio, DACA recipient and student at the University of Oklahoma
Robert Ruiz, President, Scissortail Community Development Organization
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 30 at 10:30 AM CT
WHERE: Conference Line: 605-475-3235 Access Code: 776992#
About FWD.us: FWD.us is a bipartisan organization started by key leaders in the tech and business community to promote policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform and criminal justice reform.