“Let this be a rallying cry for more resistance!” cried Cristina Jimenez, co-founder and Executive Director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant-youth led organization in the nation fighting for immigrant rights.
President Trump’s repeal of DACA back in September marked nothing less than a direct assault on the aspirations and hopes of immigrant youth across this country.
Yet lawmakers, human rights organizations, social justice advocates, and DREAMers everywhere remain leaders in pushing for the the passage of a clean DREAM Act as a first step towards comprehensive immigration reform.
“We want a clean DREAM Act,” said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), referring to legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for the young adults. Ryan (R-Wis.), Pelosi, Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are already discussing a short-term government-funding extension to buy themselves more time to negotiate, likely culminating in a Christmastime collision.
With approximately 1,000 DACA recipients losingtheir status each day, these DREAMers continue to persevere, and their steadfast commitment has not gone unrecognized.
According to aPolitico survey, most Americans support DREAMers. This network of support is valuable because it builds community and alliance across diverse groups of individuals.
With government funding set to expire next week on Dec. 8th, DREAMers are taking to the stage more united and louder more than ever and demanding Congress to pass a bipartisan Dream Act.
With that said, it is only timely to reshare our DACA Know Your Rights Action Guide, which compiles resources, tips, and strategies to stay informed and advance the cause of social and economic justice for all.
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