WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, two dozen leaders with United We Dream joined prominent Members of Congress and fellow immigration reform advocates for a press conference to condemn the extreme enforcement-only bill moving through the House Judiciary Committee today. Lorella Praeli, the Director of Advocacy and Policy for United We Dream, said:
“DREAMers in our network like Evelyn Rivera and Renata Teodoro had to travel to the border just to see their mothers for the first time in over six years, through a metal and concrete fence. Is this the America our politicians want to be part of? An America that tears families apart and deports moms?
On the heels of the announcement that ICE Director John Morton is stepping down, the call to end senseless deportations and out-of-control enforcement is more urgent than ever. Morton oversaw an enforcement system rife with rampant abuses. It’s time for a new path forward on immigration.
The Goodlatte-Gowdy bill is more of the same from the House GOP—excessive enforcement, mass deportation, criminalization of our communities, and a huge step in the wrong direction. The House already voted to return to deporting DREAMers and they found DREAMers on their doorsteps to protest their vote. Do they want to continue to doom their party’s electoral prospects and harm our communities, or will real leaders within the Republican Party step up and deliver immigration reform that keeps families together?”
United We Dream is the first and largest immigrant youth-led network in the nation with 52 affiliate organizations in 25 states that organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. UWD’s current priority is to win citizenship for the entire undocumented community and end senseless abuses and deportations.