Immigrant Youth Celebrate Victories After This Year’s Legislative Session

Sadie Hernandez Press Releases

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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“Anti-Immigrant Bills Are Out And Tuition Equity is Here To Stay!”

Austin, TX – United We Dream Texas is closing out the 86th Legislative Session with a renewed commitment to fight for and protect immigrant communities. After the relentless attacks from Republicans against immigrants in 2017 and Trump’s continued assaults against our humanity, immigrant youth continued to organize remaining firm to our values of dignity and humanity for immigrants and people of color in our state as the Texas Legislature ran its course. On the contrary, given the Republican’s electoral vulnerability, they did not immediately put attacks  against immigrants on the list of priorities for the Texas Legislature this session. When they did, their efforts failed.

Julieta Garibay,  Texas State Director and co-founder of United We Dream said:

“Today, our communities can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Republicans weren’t able to repeal the 18-year-old law that gives in-state tuition to undocumented Texas youth. This session we also fought against bills intended to give aid to federal law enforcement to militarize, surveil, and deport our people, and we’re proud to say that those were defeated. We are resilient, united, and ready to continue building people power to transform our political landscape.”

This work could not have been done without the unity between progressive partners. immigrants and allies in the fight towards our liberation. We will continue to fight to repeal SB4, expand access to higher education, and create a Texas where our communities are thriving, feel safe and without fear of deportation or detention and criminalization.

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. You can find more about UWD online at