Lorella Praeli, Policy Coordinator of the United We Dream Network made the following statement following the clarification of Gov. Mitt Romney’s remarks on DREAMer deferred action yesterday:
“DREAMers across the nation are disappointed to learn that if elected to the presidency, Governor Mitt Romney would dismantle the DREAMer deferred action policy. It is also perplexing to know he has renewed his commitment to veto the DREAM Act and has called for undocumented youth and our families to “self-deport”.
“Approximately 1.4 million DREAMers are potentially eligible for deferred action. We anticipate that several hundred thousand will have applied by the time the next President is sworn into office with an untold number still awaiting a decision from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. Governor Romney’s vow to stop granting deferred action after he is sworn in would likely leave over 1 million DREAMers at risk of deportation.
“DREAMers and the immigrant community organized and won the new deferred action policy from President Obama, who for years said that he was powerless to stop deporting DREAMers. In the coming year, the immigrant youth movement will ensure that the government not only carries out its commitment to implement the deferred action program, but will also ensure that the next President use his power to expand those protections to include our families and fight for a permanent solution in Congress.
“The United We Dream Network will continue encouraging DREAMers to apply for deferred action and we will continue building the political power of our community to win permanent change. Our communities are united and will not be defeated – un pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!”
For more information, and to interview members of United We Dream, please contact Rafael Noboa y Rivera, (202) 455-4673, email@example.com or Marisol Valero, (281) 806-0170, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.