Immigrant Youth and Families to Republicans: Use Your Power to Pressure Trump to Rescind His Deportation Executive Orders

For Immediate Release
Friday, March 10, 2017
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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) filed the Recognizing America’s Children Act, a bill that would allow undocumented youth to be protected from deportation and set on a path to citizenship.  

Immigrant youth and families responded by emphasizing that Republicans should pressure Trump to rescind his deportation executive orders and not play political games. They not will be used as pawns by Republicans who may want to cut a deal or negotiate with Trump.

Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, responded with the following statement:

“This step by Representative Curbelo continues to demonstrate that there is bipartisan support for protecting immigrant youth. Make no mistake: We will not be used in any trade or negotiation with the Trump administration that turns immigrant youth against our families and into pawns in a political game.

“Immigrant youth are committed to win real legislative reforms that are clean of enforcement, provide permanent protection and respect the humanity and dignity of all immigrants. If Republicans are serious about protecting immigrants they should stand up to Trump and pressure him to rescind his mass deportation executive orders.

“Over the last month, Donald Trump’s mass deportation force has unleashed terror against our mothers, fathers and children. Immigrant youth with DACA like Daniel Ramirez Medina and Dany Vargas remain in detention. Trump’s deportation agents must be stopped and held accountable.

“We will not be pushed out of our schools, our jobs and our neighborhoods where we find love and strength. Undocumented youth are here to stay and committed to defeat Trump’s mass deportations agenda.”

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