United We Dream statement on “ACHIEVE Act”: Cynical Ploy, Not the Solution We Need


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2012
CONTACT: Kristin Ford, [email protected]

United We Dream Rejects “ACHIEVE Act” As Cynical Ploy, Insists on Roadmap to Citizenship for Entire Community

Today, Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Jon Kyl introduced the “Achieve Act.” Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy & Policy at United We Dream released the following statement in response:

This proposal from some in the Republican party – the same party that killed the Dream Act in 2010, pushed ‘self-deportation,’ and supported inhumane policies that divide our families and our communities – is a cynical political gesture. This proposal falls well short of the policy changes which further American values of fairness and community and which DREAMers and the majority of Americans support.

DREAMers and their supporters have more power than ever, having won the deferred action policy that was backed by the resounding electoral impact of Latino, Asian, and immigrant voters at the ballot box on November 6th. We can’t take seriously legislation that does nothing to provide a roadmap to citizenship. We won’t stop fighting until we win citizenship for every single new American. We need Senators Hutchison and Kyl, and the rest of their party, to come to the table and sit down with Democrats to come up with a real solution. We won’t stop until we’ve won citizenship for DREAMers and the other new Americans who deserve to be a part of this country they call home.

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the nation with 47 affiliates in over 25 states that organize and advocate for access to higher education and legal status for all.