Immigrant Youth Will Not Be Used As Bargaining Chips for Stephen Miller’s White Supremacist Immigrant Agenda
For Immediate Release
Contact: National: Bruna Bouhid | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.850.0812
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Washington, D.C. – Today, news circulated of a forthcoming White House announcement on Trump’s framework for a legislative solution to address the crisis immigrant youth are facing, which includes severe cuts to family-based migration, termination of the diversity visa, and more funding for deportation agents.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director for United We Dream and potential beneficiary of the Dream Act, said:
“Let’s call this proposal for what it is: a white supremacist ransom note. Trump and Stephen Miller killed DACA and created the crisis that immigrant youth are facing. They have taken immigrant youth hostage, pitting us against our own parents, Black immigrants and our communities in exchange for our dignity.”
“To Miller and Trump’s white supremacist proposal, immigrant youth say: No.
“With each passing day, immigrant youth are losing their livelihoods and are at risk of deportation. People like Eric, Yuridia, and Damaris could soon face the same fate as Luis, who was kicked in the head by deportation agents and confined in a detention camp.
“But our fear, our pain, and our lives must not be used to shackle our parents and ban those seeking refuge; we must not be used to tear apart the moral fabric of this country. For months, we have organized and mobilized the country to demand a common sense solution that delivers protection without harming others: the Dream Act.”
“So let us be clear: any politician who backs up this ransom note is enabling Trump and Miller’s white supremacist agenda.
“Members of Congress of conscience must make the moral choice to reject this white supremacist proposal and pass legislation that protects us without harming others. Dream Act now.”
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.