FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2015
Contact: Mario Carrillo | firstname.lastname@example.org | 915.449.6463
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, President Obama met with leaders on immigration reform including United We Dream’s Lorella Praeli at the White House before leaving to Miami for a town hall hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC where he promoted the deferred action programs that would protect millions of people from deportation.
Lorella Praeli, Policy and Advocacy Director for United We Dream said,
“I got down to specifics with the President at our meeting with him today. I recommended that international travel rules be expanded for those with DACA and DAPA, that he do more outreach events like today’s town hall in Miami to build confidence in our communities and that he ensure that those most vulnerable to mistreatment and deportation – like our LGBTQ brothers and sisters – are protected.
“During the last three months, United We Dream members have met with the President and senior administration officials more than 12 times to deliver the voice of our membership and to actually engage in crafting and expanding the policy to benefit our community.
“It wasn’t that long ago when, Dreamers were shut out of policymaking and today, immigrant youth and our families are not only driving the conversation in the media but leading the hard work of helping millions of people like my mother, Chela Praeli, get protected from deportation.
“Our movement and our country are making giant strides on immigration and it’s clear that the Republican mass deportation strategy is losing. The GOP votes and lawsuit on DACA and DAPA are just delaying the inevitable – the day when my mother can live without fear of deportation, drive, work and travel home to visit her family.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 53 local groups and more than 120,000 members. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.
You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.