As White House & Congressional Leaders Set Priorities For Jan 19 Funding Deadline, Urgent Need for Dream Act Grows

Chris Valdez Press Releases

Millions Are Vulnerable to Deportation Agents Now Hundreds More Are Becoming Vulnerable Every Week As Politicians Play Games

For Immediate Release
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Washington, DC –  Today, senior White House staff and Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will meet to lay out their most urgent priorities for action at 3:00 pm eastern. The Continuing Resolution passed late last year is set to expire on January 19th and immigrant youth are calling on leaders to include the Dream Act in the next spending bill.

Today’s meeting follows a string of similar meetings prior to three key votes when Congressional leaders could have decided to act on protections for immigrant youth but did not.

Millions of immigrant youth are vulnerable to deportation today and those who were protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) are becoming vulnerable every day with 14,000 having already lost protections and 850 more losing it every week.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy & Policy Director for United We Dream and potential Dream Act beneficiary said:

“The Dream Act must be a top priority for action by both parties this month. Millions of immigrant youth are vulnerable to deportation now and 850 more of us are losing protection every week – 14,000 since Trump killed DACA.

“The world is watching to see whether these four Congressional leaders are the resistance to Trump’s repulsive mass deportation agenda or will go down in history as his rubber stamp.

“A 10 year old girl was tracked to a hospital by deportation agents and then taken to a detention camp so don’t believe anyone who says we can wait – this is a crisis in progress and both parties have a responsibility to make it stop.

“Democratic leaders have committed multiple times to use all of their leverage to attach the Dream Act to must-pass bills – including spending caps –  and Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan who looked immigrant youth in the eye to say we were safe, must stop blocking progress.

“We are not safe and talking points won’t cover up the crisis we are facing. Immigrant youth are putting our bodies on the line to pass the Dream Act, it is time for these leaders to lead.”


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.