A vote for the CR without the Dream Act is a vote to deport immigrant youth
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Washington, DC – Today, Members of Congress will make decision on the final contours of “must pass” legislation to fund the government for an expected three weeks.
As immigrant youth see their deportation protections disappearing and their friends being taken to detention camps, over 1,000 have descended on Washington to disrupt business as usual and demand that elected officials who say that they support immigrant youth take action to back up their words.
Groups such as United We Dream and NAKASEC have been a constant presence in Washington throughout this fight taking over Congressional office buildings every day.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director for United We Dream and potential Dream Act beneficiary said:
“Our lives are in danger and we need the Dream Act passed this week. Immigrant youth have been crystal clear – members of congress must attach the Dream Act to the end of year spending bill and a vote for the CR without Dream is a vote to deport immigrant youth because every week, 850 more of us lose protections.
“So far, the Democrats who have publicly committed to vote against the Continuing Resolution unless it includes the Dream Act are Durbin, Sanders, Warren, Booker, Gillibrand, Markey, Harris, Hirono, Merkley and Blumenthal. Even as immigrant youth are being detained and deported, the rest of the Democrats have so far refused to use their leverage to protect immigrant youth. We will continue taking over their offices until they pass the Dream Act.
“The world is watching their actions this week to see whether they will be enablers of mass deportation and members of the Deportation Caucus or will they protect immigrant young people?”
Jungbin Cho, a potential Dream Act beneficiary and volunteer from NAKASEC, stated:
“We only have 2 days to attach a clean DREAM Act to the CR this year. A vote for the CR without the clean Dream Act is a vote not only to deport me, but also millions of immigrant youth like me. We need members of Congress to stop talking about their support for immigrant youth and actually show it by committing to vote “no” on the CR if the Dream Act is not included. We will be watching how members of Congress vote and will remember what side they stood on during this important moment for undocumented youth.”
Additionally, groups such as MoveOn.org, Indivisible, CREDO Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and many more have threatened political consequences for Democrats if they refuse to stand in the way of the mass deportation of immigrants.
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.