FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2012
REPUBLICANS BREAK THE SILENCE ON THE PLIGHT OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH
IMMIGRANT YOUTH EXPECT POLICYMAKERS TO ACT BEYOND POLITICS
The United We Dream Network (UWD) welcomes substantive dialogue regarding legislation that would benefit undocumented immigrant youth. Since the 2010 vote on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, Republicans have remained silent on working towards relief for undocumented immigrant youth. We are encouraged that Senator Rubio has joined the discussion to address the obstacles immigrant youth face everyday. We see this development as a result of all of the work that the Network, Dreamers and allies have done to bring our stories and the problems with the current law to public consciousness.
We obviously cannot comment on a bill that has not been introduced and have not seen. For now, we hope that this bill is not a partisan attempt to pander to a supportive community, but rather a good faith effort that delivers on Senator Rubio’s promise to “put aside our partisan politics and deal with this issue.” We do know that voters from both parties support the DREAM Act. According to a recent poll by Opinion Research Corporation, 70 percent of likely voters and 60 percent of Republicans support the DREAM Act. According to a national poll by Fox News Latino, the DREAM Act has 90 percent approval rating in the Latino community.
UWD stands for legislation that will enable immigrant youth to live in this country without fear of deportation, give immigrant youth the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and ensure that immigrant youth have the opportunities to fully contribute to our communities and our economy.
We look forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans in the coming months to fight for real change for immigrant youth. We expect both sides to put aside partisan politics and join in open and meaningful conversation about our futures. Senator Rubio has entered into a dialogue that affects communities in every corner of this nation. We hope that he takes this opportunity to bring the Republican party together in welcoming the talents and service that immigrant youth offer and does not allow for a another republican gridlock on this issue.
United We Dream is a national immigrant youth-led network that organizes and advocates for access to college and legal status for ALL. We have 40 affiliates in over 30 states. You can learn more at www.unitedwedream.org