UWD groups hold 10 events nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Department of Justice formally filed a request for the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration from 2014, denying more than four million immigrants protection from deportation.
The lawsuit, filed by Republican lawmakers, has delayed the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving millions vulnerable to mistreatment and deportation by out-of-control immigration agents.
Today, United We Dream unveiled a list of 5 actions the Administration can and must take to deliver relief to immigrant communities regardless of progress on the Republican lawsuit. The list reflects priorities that United We Dream affiliate groups are fighting to win in their local communities and at the national level. UWD groups will hold 10 public events this week.
- Shut down family detention centers and end detention of refugees.
- End the jailing of transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer immigrants.
- Stop entangling federal immigration enforcement with local police.
- Hold immigration agencies accountable for civil rights violations.
- Stop deportations and hold the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accountable for prosecutorial discretion and enforcement priorities.
Greisa Martinez, advocacy coordinator of United We Dream issued the following statement,
“One year after our community pushed President Obama to act on immigration, it’s disgraceful that Republican politicians continue playing political games with the lives of millions of people, including my mother.”
“All United We Dream members are committed to defending these programs that we fought so hard to win and will ensure that the Republican campaign against our families fails.”
“But it’s also shameful that while Republicans engage in their public fight against our communities, that immigration enforcement agencies continue harming our communities. There is more that the Administration can and must do now and we will not wait for the courts.”
“President Obama must end the detention of vulnerable people, including children and families.
“He must reign in rogue immigration enforcement agents and agencies who continue terrorizing our communities and end all programs that allow collaboration between federal immigration and local law enforcement.”
“United We Dream members and our communities are organizing across the country to protect and implement the Deferred Action programs as well as for relief now.”
“We encourage all undocumented immigrants and our families to defy Republicans who want to keep us in the shadows and join in the fight for dignity for our communities.”
Public actions by United We Dream affiliate groups will be held in the following cities:
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Denver, Colorado
- Hartford, Connecticut
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- New York City, New York
- Austin, Texas
- Dallas, Texas
- Houston, Texas
- Washington, D.C./Arlington, Virginia
- Seattle, Washington