Rosa Velazquez, member of the National Coordinating Committee of United We Dream released the following statement responding to appearances at a town hall by Republican Presidential Nominee Gov. Mitt Romney & Democratic Presidential Nominee President Barack Obama. For more information, and to arrange interviews with members of United We Dream, please contact Rafael Noboa y Rivera at (202) 455-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Marisol Valero, email@example.com, (281) 806-0170.
The political season is in full swing. This week, the presidential nominees of both parties will be appearing before live town hall audiences hosted by Univision anchors Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos.
We are looking forward to hearing more from both candidates and their parties about how they plan to lead on immigration policy in the coming four years.
No matter who wins in November, immigrant youth pledge to continue building our political power and to stand in the way of legislation and policies which would devastate our families and fight for policies which further the American values of fairness and community.
Our long term goal is to achieve a new set of laws and policies which create a roadmap for new Americans, like us, who aspire to be citizens. This roadmap to citizenship cannot be limited to DREAMers – it must include our parents our families and our communities.
Our track record of success is strong: we effectively pressured the Obama Administration to stop deporting DREAMers this year and are engaged in a massive campaign to help DREAMers apply for the new deferred action policy. Immigrant youth also led a fearless campaign for the DREAM Act which resulted in House passage of the DREAM Act and coming just five votes short of overcoming a Republican Senate filibuster. The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is an example of what a President can do to lead our country in the right direction on immigration. The President spoke, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services responded quickly and fairly. We will not stand for any rollback of this victory, which we adamantly worked so hard to achieve.
Now, as both parties enter the final stages of the race for the White House, we are organizing with our families and community to ensure that millions take our struggle our voices and our dreams to the polls on November 6. We ask for those who can vote to register to vote before Oct. 4th, 2012 and to fight against voter suppression. DREAMers have shown that progress can be made when we come together, organize and build the political power we need to win.
Together, we won the new deferred action policy, and together we can win a permanent victory for our entire community.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the nation with 47 affiliates in over 23 states that organize and advocate for access to higher education and legal status for all.