What Immigrant Youth Need This Week & What Congress Should Do

Bruna Bouhid Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267
Bruna Bouhid | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202.850.0812

Washington, DC – All eyes are on the U.S. Senate this week as they begin an open-floor immigration debate in an attempt to find a solution to a crisis created by Trump when he killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5th.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director for United We Dream and a potential beneficiary of the Dream Act, said the following:

“As the Senate begins its free-for-all legislative process on my life and the lives of United We Dream members, I want to be clear about what immigrant youth and families need at this time: the Dream Act.

“The Dream Act is a bipartisan bill, which protects immigrant youth from deportation and creates a pathway to citizenship. It protects immigrant youth without hurting our parents or our community.

“This week, we will see the horrific vision of the White House and extremist Republicans on full display with plans to end family reunification, end visas for Black and brown immigrants, to build-up detention camps and massively increase armed forces to snatch away men, women and children away from their families in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth. They will expect us to accept this pain and thank them for their compassion. The Trump framework is blackmail and it should be unacceptable to any person of conscience.

“We believe that a breakthrough and compromise is possible, but we will not accept being used as a tool to advance white supremacy and mass deportation.

“The question will ask are whether a proposal would lead to the deportation and imprisonment of ourselves, friends and family members? If the answer is yes then we would oppose it and we call on Democrats and moderate Republicans to do the same.

“Legislators seeking an honest breakthrough should to not be tricked into accepting the Trump framework because its goal is clear: mass deportation and an end to family reunification.

“The urgency is boiling over. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants with TPS have already been told by Trump to get out. Young people are in danger of deportation now and Trump has decreed that those who are still protected by DACA will lose it starting on March 5th. We call for the Dream Act because it is the right thing to do and we won’t stop fighting until we win.”

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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.