News from Representative Gabbard


September 29, 2017


DACA must be protected. DREAMers like Valentin and Berenice on Maui, and so many more across Hawai'i, were brought to the U.S. and Hawai'i as children, through no choice of their own. They've shared heart-wrenching stories with me about living in fear and in the shadows until the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was put into effect. They cried as they shared how DACA opened new doors for them and brought them out from the shadows, and now are fearing that these newfound freedoms and opportunities could all be taken away. They placed their trust in our government, and are now worried that trust will be betrayed, placing a target on their backs.  Listening to their stories, I was inspired by their strength, their dedication to work hard and succeed, and their full hearts of aloha for the communities they’ve lived in almost all of their lives here in Hawai'i.

This Wednesday, October 4 at 4:00pm HST, I’m hosting a live immigration-focused “telephone town hall” with local and national experts as guests who will provide an update on immigration issues like DACA and federal immigration policy, and to provide information on resources that my office can help you with including Social Security, immigration and naturalization applications, passports and visas, and more. More info

I’m hosting an immigration-focused telephone townhall on Wednesday Oct 4 at 4:00pm HST. More info at 

DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of young people across the country, including over 600 people here in Hawai'i, to remain legally in the U.S. and to contribute to both our economy and our society. Because of DACA, these young people can now go to college, find a job, support their family, serve their country, and live free from the constant fear of deportation. DACA recipients are pillars in their communities—volunteering their time and skills, advocating for their communities, and dutifully paying taxes. Congress must pass a permanent fix to this situation, to resolve this issue once and for all.

Here’s how to participate in our immigration-focused telephone townhall on Wednesday October 4: 
  • To call in live at the time of the event, call 888-476-4187 at 4:00pm HST on October 4 to be joined in to the call 
  • To receive a pre-call reminder to join this event: Text "TULSI" to 828282, OR go to and enter your name, phone number and email. Once you submit your information, you will receive a confirmation email. Please note: you must click "Verify" in the confirmation email in order to complete your registration  

I look forward to talking with you soon.

With aloha,

Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress (HI-02)

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