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This week I called my U.S. Senators and House representative to urge them to codify the DACA rules and fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As you probably know, most Senate and House Republicans refused to do both and almost all Senate Democrats plus five Senate Republicans rejected the resulting funding bill. So the federal government is shut down until public pressure forces someone’s hand. Please call your senators and representative and demand that they both protect Dreamers and fully fund CHIP. If your senators and rep are Democrats, urge them to stand firm. If they’re Republicans, urge them to follow the overwhelming public opinion. These are both very popular programs, and there is no reason for the GOP’s racist base to dictate policy for the entire nation.

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