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For Immediate Release

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Catherine Lee

ICYMI: CQ Article Featuring UWD Members Highlights Why We Need More than DACA

Contact: press@unitedwedream.org

Washington, D.C.— Yesterday, United We Dream (UWD) member from Arizona, Alondra and Deputy Director of Federal Advocacy, Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, were featured in CQ Roll Call to discuss the limitation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

During the past 11 years, DACA has been attacked in the courts by MAGA Republicans. Currently, we await Judge Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas to make a ruling on the Texas v United States DACA case, which would impact millions of American families and communities. 

The article cites that due to these lawsuits “the majority of the nation’s approximately 120,0000 undocumented high school graduates this year are not eligible for DACA because of the cutoff date. And by the class of 2025, most graduates will not have been born in time.” The instability and limitations of the DACA program illustrate an urgent need for President Biden and Congress to pass permanent legislation to address people like Alondra who have had to live without protections as well as immigrants who continue to be in limbo. 

Alondra, United We Dream member, said: 

“That is where I kind of realized what my situation was — that I was actually undocumented and in a very vulnerable position…Obviously I want to get an education. But it’s really hard trying to choose [a major] when I don’t even know if I would be able to be financially stable using it.”

Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, Deputy Director of Federal Advocacy of United We Dream, said:

“There will be an entire generation coming into the workforce and having to work in the shadows again…They grew up thinking that they were going to have access to these benefits, and they don’t. And they don’t have any other recourse.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation; made up of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic network of 1.2 million members, over 100 local groups, and a reach of over 5 million per month. UWD’s vision is to push for just policies that allow everyone to thrive regardless of immigration status. United We Dream is fighting for a multi-racial democracy that works for everyone by building a movement of young people who organize and advocate for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color. You can find more at www.unitedwedream.org.

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