June 20th – Tampa Dream Defenders will Call/Show Sen. Marco Rubio What CIR Is!

Tampa Dream Defenders is at it again!

For those of you who do not know, the Senate is currently packing the House with arguing and bickering about Comprehensive Immigration Reform – or CIR. CIR could either make life easier for all 11 million undocumented immigrants or make things worse (amping up the militarization at the border). Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio is an integral part of this conversation – he is part of the Gang of 8 and he also happens to be a Republican who has more than once expressed very anti-immigrant sentiments.

This Thursday, June 20th Tampa Dream Defenders and allies will be pushing Senator Marco Rubio to listen to what we, the People of Tampa want out of CIR. June 20th, the Legalization for All network is calling on all current endorsers and supporters of an all-inclusive legalization for all immigrants to participate!

Our event will take place outside of Rubio’s office! For futher details and to rsvp click the official event: HERE.

Read more about the call to action for June 20th below.


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National Call-In Day for Immigrant Rights

Thursday, June 20 Demand: Legalization For All!

Make Three Calls:

  1. Call the two US Senators for your state. Find their phone numbers here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
  1. Call the US Representative in your district by putting your zip code in the box in the upper right corner of this page:http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Sample Text:

“Dear Senator __________”

My name is __________, and I am calling from city and state, to ask that you support legalization now, end the militarization of the border and use of drones, and stop the deportations!”

Please be polite to the people answering the phones and ask them to write down your information and your three demands for the Senator or Representative to see.

An Explanation Of Our Demands

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is being debated in the Senate, with Republicans proposing to increase boarder militarization even more! It is up to us, the people, to demand: 

1.  Legalization Now!  Ten years is too long!
The current Senate bill has a ten-year wait for undocumented to become legal permanent residents. This and other barriers will exclude many from legalization. Tell your Senators to vote 
AGAINST Florida Senator Rubio’s amendment requiring undocumented immigrants be proficient in English.

2.  No more militarization of the border!  No drones!
Right now hundreds of immigrants are dying trying to cross the border because the militarization of the border drives people to harsh desert areas. The current Senate bill will lead to military drones flying over millions of Americans who live within 100 miles of the border, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Tell your Senator to oppose even more government surveillance. With the U.S. government already tracking our phone calls and emails, we do not want drones watching us around the clock.

3.  Stop the Deportations!
Under the Obama administration, there are record numbers of deportations.  Tell your Senators to support a moratorium on deportations while the legalization process is starting. Why should the government deport more people and tear apart families who will become legal residents?

Join us on Thursday, June 20, Call US Senators and Representatives

Please send us an email with feedback about your Call-In experience to LegalizationForAll@gmail.com

Or directly message us at our Facebook: facebook.com/LegalizationForAll

Our emailing address is:

#StopTheDeportations #LegalizationForAll
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Tampa dice, “Gobernador Scott: de Licencias de Conducir a Los 1.5 millones!”

HOY a las 3:00 pm Tampa Dream Defenders tendrá una conferencia de prensa de emergencia fuera de la oficina de EE.UU. Representante Kathy Castor!
Abordar aquí: http://goo.gl/maps/TrNxY

El ámbito de aplicación: licencias de conducir para la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) (jóvenes indocumentados) aprobaron casi por unanimidad, pero el gobernador Rick Scott decidió vetarla. TODOS los 1.5 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados en el estado de Florida quieren y necesitan licencias de conducir!

* HOY, vamos a hablar de esto con Kathy Castor y con el pueblo de Tampa!
Mas informacion aquí: https://www.facebook.com/events/655482241132826/ Asegúrese de asistir!

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WMNF Interview

-by Veronica

Veronica talks about her interview with WMNF and urges you to attend the Sen. Marco Rubio Protest today @6pm!

Veronica talks about her interview with WMNF and urges you to attend the Sen. Marco Rubio Protest today @6pm!

On May 3oth, Tampa Dream Defenders planned on gaining further support from the Tampa City Council but unfortunately we were unable due to the fact that no city council meeting was held. We were fortunate enough to have an interview with WMNF News where I talked about TODAY’S protest at Senator Marco Rubio’s office.

When I first walked into the studio, I was really nervous. Not because I didn’t want to talk but because I did not want to undermine the importance of the protest. I kept thinking about everything that my mother and older brother had to struggle with when they were applying for permanent legal residency, from the fear of deportation to the thousands of dollars for lawyers and paperwork. There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants who are not able to become legalized and that is something I find completely unjust. Everyone should have equality without having to pay thousands in absurd fees, everyone should live without the fear of being deported or cornered at their jobs by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Around 145 University of South Florida students signed the Licenses for All petition May 28, 2013.

Around 145 University of South Florida students signed the Licenses for All petition
May 28, 2013.

After the microphones were checked, I was asked to define Tampa Dream Defenders and the work we do. I talked about how we are an organization that is primarily composed of Black and Brown youth and how we fight for equality and against continued injustices even after the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960’s. I talked about what Tampa Dream Defenders had been doing for the Week of Action for Legalization for All 11 million undocumented immigrants. I talked about how we collected over 200 signatures on Wednesday, May 29th ALONE to urge our leaders to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. We understand driver’s licenses are NOT a guaranteed end to deportations but we know driving without a license has been an excuse used to detain and eventually deport undocumented immigrants. This leads to the tearing apart of families and orphaned U.S. citizen children.

I was then asked, “Why protest Senator Marco Rubio?”.  Sen. Marco Rubio has been an integral part of the new Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Proposal. The “Gang of 8” includes both Democratic and Republican Senators like Rubio who are not actually working to make CIR better for all 11 million. The new CIR Bill Proposal actually makes undocumented immigrants’ situations worse: it would keep people in temporary worker programs and extend the process of becoming a legal permanent resident. Tampa Dream Defenders is trying to push for legalization for everyone, for the fair treatment at the workplace,  and to stop funding the $18 Billion going to Secure Communities and ICE. There were so many other things I was wanted to say but I became too excited and couldn’t continue talking. Overall the interview went pretty well and I think I got the important information across!

You will be able to hear my interview ONLINE and on your radio today at 4pm! If you’re in Tampa, the radio station is WMNF Community Radio Station on 88.5 FM and for streaming please click this link: here. Again the interview will air at 4pm EASTERN Time.

Everyone and anyone who can should come out and join us tonight, May 31st at Marco Rubio’s office. We are going to start around 6:30 pm. The address is 802 Spectrum Blvd. Suit 106. Tampa, FL 33612. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at tampadreamdefenders@gmail.com!

For parking look at the image below. Click on the image for the official facebook event:

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