United We Dream’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cristina Jiménez, Named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Washington, DC – Today, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Cristina Jiménez, co-founder and executive director of United We Dream, as a member of its 2017 MacArthur Fellows. The MacArthur Fellows Program was designed to “encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. . . for […]

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President Jeff Sessions Releases Immigration Ransom Note

Washington, DC – Tonight, the White House released an anti-immigrant ransom note to be paid in order to release immigrant youth from mass deportation. Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director at United We Dream and DACA beneficiary said: “Holding immigrant youth like my sister and I hostage unless the rest of the country buys into a […]

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Immigrant Youth on Jeff Flake’s Immigration Bill: No Thanks.

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act to protect immigrant youth, but that would also increase border security, fund parts of Trump’s racist and unnecessary wall, as well as harmful interior enforcement. Greisa Martinez, Advocacy  Director at United We Dream said: “We have been […]

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Another Stain on the Integrity of USCIS As Cissna Takes Charge

Washington, DC – Yesterday, in a 54-43 vote, the Senate confirmed Lee Cissna as the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Sanaa Abrar, Policy and Advocacy Manager at United We Dream, said: “Lee Cissna should not head up the agency charged with welcoming immigrants to America. He actively opposed the Deferred Action for […]

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Passing a Clean Dream Act is the Top Political Priority of This Year

Washington, DC – October 5th marks one month since Trump shamefully killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting the lives of immigrant youth in immediate danger. It’s also the day that Trump decreed all DACA renewal applications must be turned in. After today, waves of more and more immigrant youth will become […]

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Arrests Happening Now: Immigrant Youth Take Over Office of Texas Rep. Will Hurd

Washington, DC – Right now, immigrant youth are risking arrest at Representative Will Hurd’s D.C. office to demand a clean Dream Act. After a month of incredible urgency, Rep. Hurd has yet to act. Meanwhile, in El Paso, immigrant youth and allies from Soñando Juntos are meeting with the office of Rep. Hurd to call […]

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Immigrant Youth & Allies Descend on U.S. Capitol Demand Passage of Clean Dream Act

Washington, DC – October 5th marks one month since Trump shamefully killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting the lives of immigrant youth in immediate danger. It’s also the day that Trump has decreed all DACA renewal applications must be turned in. After this date, waves of more and more immigrant youth […]

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Trump Slams Door on Tens of Thousands of Refugees, Continuing His Racist Drive to Keep Immigrants Out

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced their plan to cap the number of refugees accepted into the United States next year at 45,000. This number would be a drastic drop from the level set by the previous administration and would be the lowest in years. With this decision, the Trump administration continues […]

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Nearly 1,400 Young People Get DACA Renewal Fees Paid For by United We Dream’s DACA Renewal Fund

Washington, DC – Today, United We Dream announced that The DACA Renewal Fund has raised funds to support 1,367 DACA recipients’ renewal application fees. Over 150,000 DACA beneficiaries are in an urgent rush to renew their DACA work permits and deportation protections before an arbitrary October 5th deadline set by the Trump Administration. The fees […]

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Report of Shameful White House Plan to Use Anguish of Immigrant Youth to Pass Anti-Immigrant Wish List

Washington, DC – Today, news broke that staff in the Trump White House are working with far right wing Members of Congress on a strategy to force an anti-immigrant wish list of policies onto a proposal to protect some immigrant youth. Adrian Reyna, Membership Director of United We Dream and DACA beneficiary, said, “We know […]

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Texas Immigrant Youth Continue Fight to Stop SB 4 as 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Hearing

New Orleans, LA – Today, immigrant youth, families, and allies traveled hundreds of miles from across Texas to the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the fight to end the terrorizing and hateful racial profiling law SB 4. Despite a partial injunction of the bill, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is viciously litigating for […]

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Trump Expands Ban on Muslim Immigrants, Endangering the Lives of People Seeking Refuge

Washington, DC – On Sunday, the Trump Administration unveiled another order to restrict immigrants from certain countries to the United States — essentially an expanded version of his white supremacist ban to keep Muslims and refugees out. The expanded ban includes Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia in addition to new countries Chad, North Korea, […]

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Republican “Succeed Act” Falls Short of the Protections Immigrant Youth Need

Washington, DC – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Succeed Act in response to the growing fallout from Trump’s decision to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) which protected many immigrant youths from deportation and provided them with work permits. The bill comes after the introduction of […]

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Trump Terminates Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Immigrants from Sudan, Putting Them in Danger

Washington, DC – This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke announced that the agency will terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan on November 2, 2018. Sudanese immigrants  will have one year before they have to leave the United States. Once they return to Sudan they will surely face political and […]

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United We Dream Announces New DACA Renewal Fund to Help Support Thousands of Urgent DACA Renewals

Washington, DC – Today, United We Dream announced The DACA Renewal Fund (www.dacarenewalfund.com): an urgent push to support DACA recipients renewal application fees. For more information, or to donate to The Renewal Fund, click here. The Renewal Fund will directly support DACA recipients’ renewal applications – every single dollar raised will go directly to renewal […]

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