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Write a Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor is a brief reader comment in response to a recent article or commentary that offers greater perspective on the issue.

With all news outlets running pieces about President Trump’s threatened rollback of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), this is a perfect time to write a letter to the editor of your local paper to get the attention of your members of congress. You can use your letter to encourage your congressional delegate to support the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

Tips

1. Mention your member of Congress by name. Staffers collect press mentions and present these to the member. Mentioning them by name in your letter to the editor makes it much more likely that it will be brought to them.

2. Be specific about what you want. Let them know that they should support the 2017 DREAM Act, a bipartisan solution offering Dreamers a path to citizenship.

3. Give a local example. Are you a Dreamer? Is there a local business that’s owned by Dreamers? Giving a local example makes the issue more personal to the paper’s readers, which will make it more likely that your letter is chosen for publication. If you don’t have permission to mention a specific family impacted, use statistics:

4. Don’t try to squeeze in everything. A letter to the editor is only 150-200 words, depending on your paper’s rules. Identify the most imporant thing you want to cover in your letter and stick to that. So, if you have one member of your congressional delegation who is more likely to be influenced to support defending DACA (up for re-election in 2018, spoken favorably of DACA in the past, etc.) focus on them!

Sample Letter

When I first read about President Trump’s threat to rollback DACA, I wasn’t shocked but I was furious. The president has been hurting immigrants for his entire term and this was the last, most infuriating action. DACA’s nearly 800,000 recipients immgrated to the United States when they were children and this is their home. Threatening these Dreamers with deportation destabilizes their lives and their communities.

Nevada has 14,139 DACA recipients who are now able to get a college education and work jobs legally so they can pay their taxes. They are a benefit to our state and ending DACA would cost Nevada more than $603.9 million a year in lost productivity.

Senator Heller must support the bipartisan DREAM Act, and work to provide stability to these Nevadans, and Dreamers across the country. Providing a permanent solution for Dreamers is not only the moral thing to do, but it is also a good fiscal move for Nevada and the country.

We must do what is right.

Sincerely,

Rachel Resistor