United We Dream to White House: Nice Try

United We Dream Press Releases

Dreamers will not be placated by laughably
narrow action to include Dreamers in the military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, the Department of Defense released a memorandum authorizing the extension of Military Accessions Vital to National Interests (MAVNI) pilot program that would allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to apply for enlistment into the military, given that they meet extremely narrow requirements.

Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream, issued the following statement,

“Dreamers will not be fooled by the Administration’s latest effort to placate our community by opening enlistment into the military to a small pool of Dreamers. The MAVNI pilot program has requirements that the vast majority of Dreamers wouldn’t qualify under, and would leave out thousands of Dreamers who are capable to serve their country now if given the opportunity.”

“If this was an attempt by President Obama to quell our demands or silence our voices, he’s mistaken. We will continue to hold him accountable to his promise of administrative action that protects millions of people within our community from deportation and provides an opportunity to work in the country with dignity.”