Immigrant Youth Say: “We Are Here To Stay, We Are Fired Up and We Will Win the Dream Act in January!”

Chris Valdez Press Releases

With Shameful Votes, 18 Democrats Become Members of the Senate Deportation Caucus

For Immediate Release
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Washington, D.C. – Tonight, a handful of Democrats voted with Republicans to pay their bills while immigrant youth remain in danger. The votes push the decision day on the Dream Act to January. Immigrant youth have vowed to continue fighting for and win the Dream Act, which will give millions of immigrant youth protection from deportation and a pathway to citizenship.

The campaign for the Dream Act has never been stronger with the support of the majority of Americans and progressive political groups who have vowed political consequences for Democrats who vote to enable Trump’s mass deportation agenda.

Adrian Reyna, Membership Director for United We Dream and potential beneficiary of the Dream Act said,

“Immigrant youth are being picked up by deportation agents, taken to the camps and deported right now. Every week, 850 more of us lose our protections and yet some Democrats voted with Republicans to enable Trump’s mass deportation agenda tonight.

“They are the Deportation Caucus. Immigrant youth and progressives must ensure that these men and women feel the pressure we feel every day so that in January, they vote for the Dream Act or pay a steep political price.”

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director for United We Dream and potential beneficiary of the Dream Act said,

“We’re fired up and we’re going to win the Dream Act. Over 1,000 immigrant  youth put our lives on hold and our bodies on the line to fight for our right to exist. We took over more than 50 Congressional offices, shut down the Senate and the House and made our voices heard. We aren’t in the shadows, we are powerful and we shine. Our campaign of love and resistance has transformed politics and we are just getting started.

Juan Manuel Guzman, potential Dream Act beneficiary and United We Dream’s Advocacy and Policy Manager said,

“At the beginning of the week there were 7 Senate Democrats committed to voting no on the CR and tonight we got 30 because immigrant youth shook politics. But not all Democrats proved themselves to be the resistance that this moment calls for. The shameful members of the Senate Democratic Deportation Caucus are Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heinrich, Heidkamp, Kaine, King, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, Udall and Warner. Every person of conscience must remember those names and their House counterparts and do everything in your power to push them to change their ways by January.”


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.