Across the Country, Immigrant Youth Call on House Republicans to Protect Immigrant Youth from Trump’s Deportation Agents

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

With Just Days Before Trump’s Cruel March 5 Deadline, Immigrant Youth Call On Congress to Deliver a Breakthrough Now!

For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267
Bruna Bouhid | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202.850.0812
Chris Valdez | chris@unitedwedream.org | 713.352.8197

***DREAM ACT PRESS ADVISORY FOR LOCAL EVENTS***
Across the Country & Washington, D.C.
Wed 02/28 – Mon 03/05

Washington, DC
– Today and through March 5th, immigrant youth—together with community members, people of faith, and labor advocates—will take action in their cities to call on House Members to protect immigrant youth from Trump’s deportation agents and to not support budget proposals to hire deportation agents or build detention camps.

Until now, Trump and Republican leaders have pulled Republican votes away from three bipartisan proposals to fix the crisis and have stood in the way of the Dream Act.   

Although the SCOTUS announcement this week will allow current and previous DACA recipients to renew, thousands of young people will face a gap in protections since they weren’t able to renew until now and there continues to be over a million undocumented young people who never had a chance to apply for DACA protections in the first place.  

Teenagers like Daniela who grew up in Texas who immigrated to the United States for life-saving heart surgery and was ready to apply for DACA on September 5th. Arely is a North Carolina teen from El Salvador who like nearly 50,000 other immigrant youth, are losing protections they’ve had under the Temporary Protected Status program which Trump ended. Miguel should be protected by DACA yet was profiled and locked in a detention camp and Dennis, who today is locked in a detention camp for standing up to a bully at school. All of these young people could be citizens with the Dream Act but instead they are targets.

With these actions across the country, immigrant youth and their allies are calling on the House of Representatives to pass a narrow and permanent solution to protect immigrant youth from deportation like the Dream Act.

Below you will find details for local Dream Act actions.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28

CHICAGO, IL

WHO: United We Dream, MEChA de Uchicago, P.O.D.E.R., S.O.U.L, UChicago YDSA, and more.
WHAT: Rally to demand Rep. Peter Roskam, Rodney Davis, and Michael Bost pass a narrow solution like the Dream Act that protects immigrant youth without harming families and other immigrants.
WHERE: Kluczynski Federal Building Plaza, (int. Adams and Dearborn)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 28th at 6pm CST / 7pm EST
VISUALS: Homemade posters (“Dream Act Now”), flags, noise makers, and more
LINK TO FB EVENT

LOCAL CONTACTS:
Moises Rodriguez Cruz | moisesrc@uchicago.edu | 423.771.2699 
Emilio Balderas | balderas@uchicago.edu | 847.732.7105

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

MIAMI, FL
WHO:  United We Dream, Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER), Florida Student Power Network, Women Working Together USA, Friends of Miami Dade Detainees and others
WHAT: Rally urging Rep. Curbelo to push for a narrow solution like the Dream Act that will protect immigrant youth without harming families and other immigrants
WHERE: Location to be announced – Please call Maria Bilbao for more information
WHEN: Thursday, March 1 @ 4pm EST
VISUALS: Three coins — one side reads “undocumented youth,” “family reunification” and “protection” and the other reading “white supremacist agenda,” “family separation” and “deportation” — to symbolize Rep. Curbelo flipping between siding with immigrant youth and siding with Trump

LOCAL CONTACT:
Maria Bilbao | masuncionbilbao@unitedwedream.org | 786.470.5773

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

KANSAS CITY, MO
WHO: Kansas/Missouri Dream Act Alliance, Green Party of Missouri, Indivisible – Kansas City, Real Justice Network, Resist Hate KC, Showing Up for Racial Justice, People Power KC, Advocates for Immigrants Rights and Reconciliation, ACLU of Missouri, and more
WHAT: Rally and march to urge Rep. Sam Graves and Rep. Vicky Hartzler to push forward a narrow solution like the Dream Act that will protect immigrant youth without harming families and other immigrants
WHERE: 1741 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
WHEN: Friday, March 2nd at 6-8pm EST

LOCAL CONTACT:
Alex Martinez | media@ksmoda.org | 816.382.1403

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

CHARLOTTE, NC
WHO: Undocu Alliance, United We Dream and community members
WHAT: Rally and march to demand NC Congressional leaders pass the Dream Act
WHERE: Marshall Park
800 E 3rd St, Charlotte, NC 28202
WHEN: Saturday, March 3rd at 2pm EST
VISUALS: Homemade posters (“Dream Act Now), noise makers, and flags
LINK TO FB EVENT

LOCAL CONTACT:
Arlin Tellez | tellez.arlin10@gmail.com | 704.524.5377

CHATTANOOGA, TN
WHO: Local Immigrant Youth Leaders & Allies, United We Dream, Hundreds of Engaged Community Members
WHAT: March urging Rep. Chuck Fleischmann pass narrow solution such as the Dream Act that protects immigrant youth without harming families and other immigrants. DACA recipients will lead chants and songs, and share their powerful stories
WHERE: Chattanooga City Hall
101 E11th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
WHEN: Saturday, March 3rd at 6pm EST
VISUALS: This movement is driven by a community of diverse young people who cross boundaries of race, class, and economic background to fight for equality together. DACA recipients and allies will be proudly wearing the wings of the monarch butterfly, a symbol of the beauty of migration and the face of the movement for immigrant protections

LOCAL CONTACT:
Alondra Gomez | aligomez118@gmail.com | 423.443.9332

MONDAY, MARCH 5

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
WHO: High school students from The Voices of Mitchell High School, United We Dream, and community members
WHAT: Walk out and rally led by high school students demanding that Rep. Doug Lamborn pass a narrow solution such as the Dream Act that protects immigrant youth without harming families and other immigrants
WHERE: Mitchell High School
1205 Potter Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
WHEN: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 2:30pm CST / 3:30pm EST
VISUALS: “LET US BE A PART OF THE AMERICAN DREAM” Banner

CONTACT:
Jonathan Pena | pjonny14@gmail.com | 719.646.9208

SPOKANE, WA
WHO: Immigrant youth, students, and community leaders with United We Dream
WHAT: Rally to urge Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers  pass a narrow solution such as the Dream Act that protects immigrant youth without harming families and other immigrants
WHERE: District Office of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
10 N Post St, Spokane, WA 99201
WHEN: Monday, March 5 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST

CONTACT:
Brenda Rodriguez | b.rodriguezlopez@wsu.edu | 509.531.5502
Carolina Silva | carolina.e.silva@wsu.edu | 702.756.4896

AUSTIN, TX
WHO: Immigrant youth and families, Travis High School students, allies and people of conscience
WHAT: Two circles of protection: youth and family; story-sharing, moment of silence for those lost in the mass shooting in Parkland, FL.
WHERE: Wooldridge Square, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701
WHEN: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5pm CST / 6pm EST
VISUALS: Concentric circles of families and youth wearing butterfly wings
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818101511580483/

CONTACT:
Chris Valdez | chris@unitedwedream.org | 713.352.8197

EL PASO, TX
WHO: Immigrant youth with Soñando Juntos, students, allies and people of conscience
WHAT: Walk out and rally in reaction to Congressional failure to act, and the urgency for a permanent solution for immigrant youth. Demand that schools be safe spaces free from Border Patrol and enforcement agents.
WHERE: El Paso Community College – Valle Verde Campus (Fountain at center of campus), 919 Hunter Dr, El Paso, TX 79915
WHEN: Monday, March 5th, 11am MST / 12 CST / 1 EST
VISUALS: Banners and posters for immigrant youth
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/162675904530972/  

CONTACT:
Chris Valdez | chris@unitedwedream.org | 713.352.8197

HOUSTON, TX
WHO: Immigrant youth with United We Dream Houston, high school and college student, allies and people of conscience
WHAT: Banner drop, School walkouts and March
WHEN & WHERE:
Banner drop at 6:30am – Memorial City Mall, South of I-10 along Gessner St.
Banner drop at 6:30amHwy-59/I-69 at Dunlavy St. (parking on Vassar St.; Visible from Woodhead St. bridge)
March starts at 12pm8805 Kirby Dr. @ Murworth, Houston, TX 77054
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/581648772186527/
VISUALS: Orange shirts #HereToStay, large banners, Paper butterflies

CONTACT:
Chris Valdez | chris@unitedwedream.org | 713.352.8197

NEWARK, NJ
WHO: Immigrant youth and community members with RU Dreamers Newark, We the Dreamers, AFSC, Make the Road NJ, SEIU 32BJ, along with Mayor Baraka, Chancellor, Sen. Menendez, and Sen. Booker
WHAT: March to demand Congress pass a Dream Act that protects youth without terrorizing parents and other immigrants
START LOCATION: Rutgers University —Newark: Paul Robeson Student Center, facing University Ave.
Rutgers General Address: 195 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102
END LOCATION: Newark Federal Building
20 Washington Pl, Newark, NJ 07102
WHEN: Monday, March 5 at 11am EST
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/116565342505009/

CONTACT:
Sara Cullinane | sara.cullinane@maketheroadnj.org | 908-768-4991 (Spanish and English)
Sara Mora | sara.mora@maketheroadnj.org | 908.838.2621 (Spanish and English)

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ
WHO: Community leaders with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Make the Road NJ
WHAT: Rally to demand Rep. Chris Smith pass the Dream Act
WHERE: District Office of Rep. Chris Smith
4573 S. Broad St, Hamilton Township, NJ 08620
WHEN: Monday, March 5 at 2pm EST
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/116565342505009/

CONTACT:
Sara Cullinane | sara.cullinane@maketheroadnj.org | 908-768-4991 (Spanish and English)
Sara Mora | sara.mora@maketheroadnj.org | 908.838.2621 (Spanish and English)

WESTFIELD, NJ
WHO: Community and faith leaders with Westfield 20/20, NJ7Forward, and Make the Road NJ
WHAT: Rally to demand Rep. Leonard Lance pass the Dream Act
WHERE: District Office of Rep. Leonard Lance
425 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ, 07090
WHEN: Monday, March 5 at 3pm EST
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/116565342505009/

CONTACT:
Sara Cullinane | sara.cullinane@maketheroadnj.org | 908-768-4991 (Spanish and English)
Sara Mora | sara.mora@maketheroadnj.org | 908.838.2621 (Spanish and English)

MAYS LANDING, NJ
WHO: Community leaders with Action Together New Jersey, CATA, and Make the Road NJ
WHAT: Rally to demand Rep. Frank LoBiondo pass the Dream Act
WHERE: District Office of Rep. Frank LoBiondo
5914 Main St, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
WHEN: Monday, March 5 at 4pm EST
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/116565342505009/

CONTACT:
Sara Cullinane | sara.cullinane@maketheroadnj.org | 908-768-4991 (Spanish and English)
Sara Mora | sara.mora@maketheroadnj.org | 908.838.2621 (Spanish and English)

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
WHO: Immigrant youth and community leaders with undocuRutgers, New Labor, New Brunswick Branch NAACP, Make the Road NJ, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, and AAUP-AFT Rutgers
WHAT: March to demand Congress pass a Dream Act that protects youth without terrorizing parents and other immigrants
START LOCATION: Rutgers University—New Brunswick:
145 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 0890
WHEN: Monday, March 5 at 5pm EST
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/116565342505009/

CONTACT:
Sara Cullinane | sara.cullinane@maketheroadnj.org | 908-768-4991 (Spanish and English)
Sara Mora | sara.mora@maketheroadnj.org | 908.838.2621 (Spanish and English)

WASHINGTON, D.C.
WHO: Immigrant youth from United We Dream, Center for Popular Democracy, Women’s March, MPower Change, Bend the Arc Action, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Make the Road New York, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more.
WHAT: March for Dreams
WHERE: Smithsonian National Museum of American History
WHEN: Monday, March 5th starting at 11am EST

CONTACT:
Bruna Bouhid | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202.850.0812

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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.