More Signs That Trump Anti-Immigrant Plan Is a Non-Starter As Senators Introduce New Bipartisan Bill

Bruna Bouhid Press Releases

Immigrant Youth Need a Solution That Protects Them Without Endangering Parents & Communities – It’s Called the Dream Act

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

Washington, DC – Today, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) are expected to introduce a Senate companion bill to the USA Act first introduced in the House of Representatives by Will Hurd (R-TX) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA).

The bipartisan legislation would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of people who came to the United States under the age of 18. However, the USA Act still includes harmful provisions to increase deportations and further militarize our border communities. In contrast, the Dream Act would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth to solve the immediate crisis without provisions to hurt immigrants.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director of United We Dream and potential beneficiary of the Dream Act said, “The introduction of the USA Act in the Senate shows that Trump’s games haven’t completely blown up sensible discussions on immigration. Trump’s immoral plan is a non-starter and Members of Congress who want to be on the right side of history should oppose it flat out.

“The USA Act includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth, but we’ve been clear from the beginning that putting other immigrants in harm’s way is unnecessary and unacceptable. Unlike the Dream Act, this bill unnecessarily increases immigration judges to deport our parents and community members and would turn local police officers in our border communities into deportation agents.

“Hundreds of immigrant youth have traveled to Washington from across the country this week to call on Republicans and Democrats to reject the Trump plan and deliver a breakthrough bill that will protect immigrant youth and not use us as bargaining chips to deport our parents and communities. That bill already exists and United We Dream will continue to call on Congress to pass the Dream Act before more immigrant youth become vulnerable to deportations.”

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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.