Dany Is Released, Organizing Wins & Immigrant Youth Pledge to Keep Fighting

Secretary Kelly Must Declare That 750,000 DACA Youth and Their Families Are Protected From Trump’s Deportation Executive Orders

For Immediate Release
Friday, March 10, 2017
Dan Morris | dan.morris@progressivecities.com | 917.952.8920 // Marlene Peralta | marlene.peralta@progressivecities.com | 646.601.4267// Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 716.427.8337

Washington, DC – Today, Dany Vargas, a DACA beneficiary who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for speaking about a targeted attack on her family, is free. Her release arrives after immigrant families and allies made over more than 2,000 calls to DHS Secretary John Kelly and gathered outside the Department of Homeland Security to deliver boxes containing 50,000 petitions addressed to Secretary Kelly demanding the release of Dany Vargas as well as Daniel Ramirez, a DACA recipient who was detained in the past month.

Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:

“We are thrilled that Dany Vargas will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones. Immigrants and people of conscience from coast to coast came together and organized relentlessly to help free Dany from detention.  Make no mistake: community organizing, led by immigrant youth and families combined with fierce advocacy across the country who called for Dany’s freedom, is what led to this moment.

“But the fight for immigrant justice is far from over. We call on DHS Secretary Kelly to release Daniel Ramirez Medina and all DACA beneficiaries immediately from detention.

“Secretary Kelly must declare publicly that the DACA policy will continue to protect the quarter of a million DACA beneficiaries and their families from detention and deportation.

“We will continue to oppose and resist the Trump administration’s mass detention and deportation agenda. We refuse to be pushed out of our schools, our jobs, our neighborhoods, our communities, and the places where we find strength and resilience.”

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org