Youth Tell Republicans: “Stop Being Dream Killers, Pass the Dream Act Now”
For Immediate Release
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Washington, D.C. – Today, immigrant youth from North Carolina, California, Texas and Washington state returned to Capitol Hill to take over the offices of Republican Reps. Bob Goodlatte (VA), Michael McCaul (TX), Raúl Labrador (ID), and Martha McSally (AZ)to brand them as Dream Killers: obstructionists of the Dream Act who are allowing immigrant youth to become targets for deportation.
Dream Killers Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, and McSally introduced legislation early this week which uses temporary legal status to immigrant youth to cut family-based migration and the diversity visa program. Today’s action came as immigrant youth and activist Alyssa Milano visited the offices of four Republican House Members in California while angry Trump supporters tried to shout them down and yelled “white power!”
United We Dream members nationwide are calling out the Republican Dream Killers who are working against the Dream Act both online and at their offices.
Office takeover at Dream Killer Martha McSally’s (AZ) office on Capitol Hill
Office takeover at Dream Killer Michael McCaul’s (TX) office on Capitol Hill
Deya Aldana, United We Dream organizer and potential beneficiary of the Dream Act:
“Republicans are standing in the way of the Dream Act, so we marched back up to Capitol Hill to takeover the offices of Representatives Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, and McSally to demand they stop their obstructionism and pass the Dream Act by January 19.
“The clock is ticking and with each passing day, immigrant youth who immigrated to this country as minors are losing their livelihood.
“Today we made it clear that we will not jeopardize our parents or other immigrant communities in order to live our lives with safety. We won’t back down — it’s on Congress to deliver the bipartisan Dream Act with a pathway to full citizenship by January 19th.”
Jonathan Zapeta, undocumented youth member at United We Dream – Houston, said:
“When I was in Dream Killer McCaul’s office, I looked around the room and saw McCaul’s pride for Texans, but what everyone needs to know is that his enforcement heavy approach only serves to replicate the same atmosphere of fear and surveillance that our community members in the Rio Grande Valley face under the constant watch of Border Patrol and ICE.
“We won’t throw our communities under the bus and we don’t want second class citizenship. On January 19th, Congress needs to do what is right and pass the Dream Act without hurting other communities.”
Die-in at Dream Killer Raul Labrador’s (ID) office on Capitol Hill
Die-in at Dream Killer Bob Goodlatte’s (VA) office on Capitol Hill
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.