Immigrant Youth and Allies Demand Houston Enact Policies to Protect Immigrant Families & Sue to Stop SB4

United We Dream Press Releases

Houston, TX – Today, the voices of young immigrants and freedom warriors from across the city filled City Council chambers as dozens of Houston immigrants, mothers, fathers, and people of conscience from across the city denounced the racist law SB 4, called for on-going work by the city to protect immigrant families, and demanded the City pass a resolution to …

Trump Tries to Change the Narrative Back to Racism

United We Dream Press Releases

Houston, TX – On Monday, Trump’s Department of Justice asked to be involved in the court hearings next week on the racist Senate Bill 4 according to news reports. SB 4, which is scheduled to go in effect in September 1st, is facing legal challenges from multiple Texas cities seeking to block the measure to protect their residents. The first …

Philando Castile’s Life Matters

United We Dream Press Releases

Houston, TX – Today, news broke that police officer who murdered Philando Castile at a traffic stop was found not guilty. Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream said, “We are angry and heartbroken at today’s news. Philando Castile’s life matters to us and the brutal disregard for the lives of Black people by our systems of …

Trump Team Revokes Memos Which Would Have Protected Immigrant Parents

United We Dream Press Releases

Washington, DC – Last night, the Trump Administration rescinded memos created by the Obama Administration to protect many immigrant parents and which would have expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. The memos in question had been blocked from implementation because of a lawsuit filed by a handful of Republican politicians and heard by a hand-picked Republican judge with …

On Anniversary of DACA, Immigrant Youth and Members of Congress Call for the Program to be Defended

United We Dream Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, immigrant youth and Members of Congress held a press conference on Capitol Hill to call on policymakers to strengthen the protections that currently enable 800,000 undocumented young people to live and work in this country. SEE VIDEO HERE. The DACA program was won …

ICYMI: As CT Legislative Session Ends, Undocumented Students Call on Bold Leadership from Legislators with “Dream Graduation Ceremony”

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Hartford, CT – Today on the back steps of the Capital, seven undocumented students, who would have benefited from HB 7000 and SB 17 took part in a symbolic graduation ceremony and received diplomas to draw attention to legislators’ inaction on education equity legislation. HB 7000 and SB 17 are  two proposals that would have provided all students equal access …

Senator Kamala Harris Models Leadership

United We Dream Press Releases

Washington, DC – In a Congressional hearing yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) pointedly and repeatedly asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to explain agency policies which state that DHS would withhold terrorism prevention funding from local jurisdictions which refuse to participate in Trump’s racially motivated mass deportation plan. But under intense questioning from Senator Harris, Secretary Kelly said …

Immigrant Youth Confront DHS Secretary John Kelly

United We Dream Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, immigrant youth leaders from United We Dream confronted John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Capitol Hill about steps his agency has taken to undermine the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). See video of the confrontation here. Early this year, Yenimar Cortes, a young woman with DACA, confronted Secretary Kelly before …

Immigrant Youth Decry Trump’s Greedy Decision to Benefit His Rich Friends and Harm Mother Earth

United We Dream Press Releases

New York, NY – Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream issued the following statement upon news that Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement: “Many immigrant families have been forced off of land we had tended for generations because of the greedy decisions of men in penthouses like Trump Tower. Trump’s decision …

Texas Legislators and Immigrant Activists Denounce Racist Law & Respond to Violent Threat by Republican Representative

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Austin, TX & Milwaukee, WI – Today, community leaders with United We Dream and Workers Defense Project, together with members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus held a press tele-conference to denounce the racist outburst of Texas Republican Representative Matthew Rinaldi who called immigration agents on a group of peaceful protesters and threatened to “put a bullet” in the head …