Today: Defend DACA
OFA supporters are standing up to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which provides hope and protection for DREAMers—undocumented immigrant youth who have been in this country since childhood and know it as home.
Part V: Today is the day. Add your voice to help make an impact.
Help protect DACA and immigrant youth
For nearly 800,000 immigrant youth, DACA means safety. Take action on their behalf on August 15.
We've been talking about just how personal the issue of immigration is, whether or not you've had direct experience as an immigrant—because what the new administration is jeopardizing isn't just our families, it's the very idea that everyone has the right to dream. Now, in Part IV—translate these conversations into action.
The struggles of immigrants are part of our American story—what part of that resonates with you the most?
We're getting close to a time when we'll have to make sure our legislators stand up for the immigrant community—but first, it's important to take a moment to each examine what the issue means to us and why. In Part III, Michelle invites people to share their reflections on The Dream Is Now and shares her own personal immigration story.
I still have hope
Though Susan feels anger and fear as Congress threatens to strip away the mental health care her two sons rely on, she still has hope for this country.
"I can’t really describe the anger I’ve felt following the news about the Obamacare repeal attempts. I’m a writer and an editor and I can’t even find the words to describe the outrage I feel. Repeal is heartless and cruel and unbelievable. Millions of Americans, like my two sons, have serious health issues."
What you said about sacrifice
We asked you to tell us about a time when you witnessed someone sacrifice something out of love. Here are a few of the stories we heard.
Part II in the series about immigration and DACA continues with personal stories of sacrifice—because we can all relate to the experience of giving something up out of love or appreciation for another, whether or not it was in the context of immigration—and invites you to watch a short but powerful video.
What does it mean to sacrifice for love?
Whether or not we're immigrants ourselves, we all know what it is to sacrifice for love. Here's what people said about their own experience.
We asked OFA supporters about a time when they witnessed someone make a sacrifice out of love for someone else. Maybe a family member did something at a cost to themselves; maybe a friend made a hard choice for his or her family; or maybe it was a personal sacrifice made for so
meone they love.
Read what they had to say.
We need more heart than this
After conquering breast cancer and a severe burn to the arm, Obamacare saved Rebecca’s life.
“Fifteen years ago, I had Stage III breast cancer. And it was a form of cancer with a marker that did not readily respond to chemotherapy or radiation. Usually people with that marker don’t survive long.”
American in Every Way
Young people who have lived in the U.S. since they were small children deserve a chance at the American Dream.
Young adults who have grown up pledging allegiance to the American flag, singing the Star Spangled Banner, and contributing to our society, shouldn't be persecuted because of their immigration status.
What we're made of
As the Senate moves forward with a dangerous repeal bill, remember this: There's nothing more American than the belief that our people survive, endure, and rise to fight again.
When our people are sick, or tired, or terrified, and have given everything they've got ... we do not abandon them.
Living with a pre-existing condition in a time of uncertainty
After a minor, short-lived medical event over a decade ago, I was branded as having a pre-existing condition and couldn’t get affordable coverage. The Affordable Care Act has made quality health insurance accessible again—but repeal could take that assurance away.
“I never envisioned that a minor, short-lived medical incident could impact my access to health care for the rest of my life. Over the course of eight years, I paid $44,000 in premiums and basic preventative care costs, while the insurance company didn’t pay a dime. I wish we could have that $44,000 back to help pay for college for my two children.”
What kind of a mom am I going to be if I don’t get to go to the doctor and take care of myself?
Amanda, an expecting mother from Ohio, knows firsthand how important Obamacare is. She’s scared that a repeal will dramatically change life for her growing family.
“My husband has his own small business. I’m currently pregnant, so I’m not working. I plan on not working after my delivery so I can take care of our child. The only way then for us to have insurance is to buy it ourselves. I don’t know what I would do if Obamacare is repealed.”
A beyond-terrifying thought
Heather is a mother from Minnesota whose four children rely on Medicaid for much needed care that isn’t covered by their private insurance. With a potential repeal on the horizon, she fears for their futures.
"Medical insurance has always been a priority for my husband and me. We were young parents, but we knew we needed insurance and never went without. We thought we were good—even if our kids got sick, we could handle it. Well, the kids did get sick. And then they got sick again."
This month, House leaders released a budget proposal giving this administration everything they need to carry out their plans for indiscriminate mass deportation. We have to speak out.
We live in a nation of immigrants. This administration's extreme agenda violates the very values that make us who we are as Americans.
To live their best lives
A Pennsylvania woman worries the Obamacare repeal would cause her autistic son to lose the services he needs to learn to live independently.
“When my son Nate was less than 2 years old and diagnosed with autism, the first thing I thought was ‘Jeez, now I really have to deal with insurance.’ We had private insurance at the time, but that didn’t cover anything that was called ‘autism.’ We had to high-tail it to the Medicaid office and get him signed up.”
It’s not a time to sit back
This Florida mother is concerned her daughter will lose the health care she needs to manage her health conditions and lead a normal life.
Janet’s daughter was born with congenital birth defects, including a cleft palate, which has required 13 reconstructive surgeries as she was growing up—and her medical journey isn’t over yet. Repealing Obamacare would have damaging effects on her day-to-day life. Read on to learn why people like Janet refuse to sit back and let repeal happen.