8 Hours, 125 Congressional Offices Today and Immigrant Youth Are Still Fighting

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases


Demand Public Commitments from Dems and Moderate Republicans to Vote No On Spending Deal Without Securing Protections for Immigrant Youth

“We will not give up because this is the fight for our lives!”

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Bruna Bouhid | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202-850-0812
Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

You can Watch the Action Live

https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWeDream/videos/1652736691454146/

And on twitter at: https://twitter.com/UNITEDWEDREAM 

Washington, DC – Today, 150 immigrant youth leaders from United We Dream have thus far knocked on the doors of over 125 House Democrat and moderate Republican offices, sharing their stories, chanting and singing to tell Congress that they must stop the political games and pass the Dream Act now.

Meanwhile, immigrant youth are entering the 8th hour of a speak-a-thon — the “undocu-story takeover” — to share their personal stories of courage, urging Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to vote NO on the spending bill because it does not include the Dream Act.

Marco Perez, who would be protected by the Dream Act and a resident of Washington state, said:

“I’m fighting so that I can give my mom peace of mind. On September 5th we watched the news of DACA’s termination together and I saw the strongest woman I know break down in tears, fearful that her son would be deported. I want to bring hope to my mother and win the Dream Act so that I can tell her that I’ll be safe.”

Hilda Holmes, a mother who would be protected by the Dream Act and a resident of North Dakota, said:

“Fighting for the Dream Act is the right thing to do. My sister and I are here representing the 98 other DACA recipients in North Dakota because they weren’t able to be here. I also fight for my son, who is a U.S. citizen, because no child should live in fear of being separated from his mother.”

Gaby Cruz, who would be protected by the Dream Act and who held a local tamale fundraiser with her neighborhood to travel from California, said:

“I’ve been on Capitol Hill for over 8 hours today because there’s an urgency in our community. We live in fear of deportation. Immigrant young people are leading by example and we need Congress to do the same. We need them to do their job and pass the Dream Act today.”

Immigrant youth leaders have thus far knocked on the doors of over 125 House Democrat and moderate Republican offices, sharing their stories, chanting and singing to tell Congress that they must stop the the political games and pass the Dream Act now.

The action comes the day after Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer gave up his leverage on the Dream Act, putting the lives of immigrant youth in danger. The decision came in spite of Schumer and Pelosi’s commitment in the Fall to not support a spending bill without the Dream Act.

You can find immigrant youth leaders at the Office of Nancy Pelosi – 235 Cannon House Office Building – and throughout all House Office Buildings. Contact Bruna Bouhid for details.

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Since Trump killed the DACA program, nearly 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation and 850 more lose it every week joining the millions with no protection at all. The Dream Act is a bipartisan bill supported by the majority of the country which would solve this crisis but is being blocked by Republicans in Congress.

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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.