Washington, DC – October 5th marks one month since Trump shamefully killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting the lives of immigrant youth in immediate danger. It’s also the day that Trump has decreed all DACA renewal applications must be turned in. After this date, waves of more and more immigrant youth will become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation agents every single day.
One month of incredible urgency and Congress has yet to act.
On October 5th, immigrant youth and leaders will declare in no uncertain terms that passing a clean Dream Act must be Congress’ number one priority. A bipartisan clean Dream Act – without dangerous add-ons to hurt families and communities – is the morally right thing to do.
WHO: Immigrant youth leaders and members of Congress including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and others to be announced as well as organizational leaders Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union, Vanita Gupta of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Tom Steyer of NextGen America representatives from MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood and others to be announced.
WHERE: U.S. Capitol grounds
WHEN: Thursday, October 5. Press conference 10am eastern; Lobby visits follow
WHAT: Press conference with elected officials & leaders followed by immigrant youth lobby visits. Speakers, chanting, banners, signs.
Every day since Trump killed DACA, immigrant youth from deep red states like South Carolina, Alaska & Oklahoma have joined others from California, New Mexico and across the country to lobby Congress. In the face of racist immigration raids they have rallied across the nation rather than being bullied into the shadows. Tens of thousands of calls have been made and communities have come alive with activism and protest.
They fight for a clean Dream Act without dangerous add-ons which would hurt their families and communities, Muslims, border communities and people of color.
The events of October 5 will be a significant milestone in this campaign driven by immigrant youth for their right to exist, thrive and build an inclusive nation.