The leaders are now headed to Washington, D.C. with Operation Dream Act Now!
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Miami, FL – Friday evening, over a dozen immigrant leaders broke a week long fast that called attention to the urgent need for a clean Dream Act, which would protect immigrant young people from deportation and give them a pathway to citizenship. The fast took place in front of the offices of Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Mario Diaz-Balart to demand both members of Congress pass a clean Dream Act by December 22nd through a federal spending package.
Neither Rubio nor Diaz-Balart have spoken out about the crisis immigrant young people are facing since Trump killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and a delay on the bill could mean deportation for thousands.
Over the next two weeks, two packed buses will leave Central and South Florida on the way to Washington, D.C. and dozens of Florida immigrant youth will fly in for Operation Dream Act Now.
Last week’s fast was organized by immigrant community leaders in Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Woman Working Together, Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER), Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami • Haitian Women of Miami, Florida Student Power Network, Florida Latina Advocacy Network – NLIRH, and United We Dream, among others.
You can see a livestream of the event here.
Lorena Jofre, DACA recipient, mother, and resident of Miami, FL, said:
“I’m proud to have taken part in this fast urging Senator Rubio and Representative Diaz-Balart to pass a clean Dream Act by the 22nd. .
“At first I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the whole week, but I knew that some Members of Congress wanted to use us as bargaining chips to terrorize other members of our community, and others don’t feel the urgency to pass it this year at all. So I did what I felt was right: I put my body on the line for a clean Dream Act because DACA recipients are losing protections and at the same time, we don’t want more members of our community targeted by ICE.
“I’m grateful to have bonded with those who fasted and supported us, and I am ready to go to Washington, D.C. to continue fighting for the Dream Act!”
Yaquelin López, undocumented mother of a DACA recipient and resident of Broward, FL, said/dijo:
“Es tiempo que mi hija y estos jóvenes puedan realizar sus sueños. Como padres tuvimos el valor y valentía para traer nuestros hijos para mejorar sus futuros, y es así que sin tregua y ni pausa, llegaremos a cumplir nuestros objetivos de ganar un Dream Act limpio antes del fin del ano. Creemos que el amor es más fuerte que el odio, y por eso participe en este ayuno.”
“It’s time that my daughter and these young people are able to realize their dreams. As parents we had the courage and bravery to bring our children [to this country] to better their futures, so we won’t rest until we reach our goal of winning a clean Dream Act by the end of the year. We believe that love is stronger than hate, and that is why I participated in this fast.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. 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.