For Immediate ReleaseDecember 7, 2017Media Contact: Raquel Avilez, (760) 519-3652, firstname.lastname@example.org
Undocumented Youth and Allies Take Over the U.S. Capitol to Demand a Vote Against the Omnibus Spending Bill Unless it Includes the Dream Act
With their lives in limbo and with congressional inaction, undocumented youth take part in civil disobedience to call on the community to take a fight to their districts and to Capitol Hill.
Washington, D.C- On December 7, 2017, at about 2:00 P.M. immigrant youth from DC, MD, NJ, NY, and CA united at the Capitol’s Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. to demand permanent protection for undocumented youth. Immigrants in this country don’t just contribute to society in a monetary manner. They are also the future of this country they have called home, and are the present workers that this country depends on. It is about being treated with humanity, with dignity and respect.
Youth and allies are asking Democrats and Republicans to support the protection of millions of DREAMers in this country, and not to stand with the White House and racist politicians who are separating families.
On September 5th, Jeff Sessions announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was repealed in one of the most inhumane attacks on the immigrant community. Following the renewal period of DACA (October 5, 2017), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that 22,000 DACA recipients did not meet the Trump administration’s arbitrary deadline for renewal. Each day that Congress fails to act, about 122 people will continue to lose their DACA until March 5, 2017. Undocumented youth have already begun to lose protection from deportation and their right to work. After the many years of persistence for an education, and after contributing to society, they will be forced back into the shadows.“I am doing this for our undocumented community and the ones who are still in the shadows. It is time for a clean dream act without having to compromise our family. We are undocumented and unafraid.” said Diana Concepcion Gomez Moran, a DACA recipient who was arrested at the Capitol today.“After President Trump ended DACA, the program that provided temporary protection for Dreamers, I knew I had to take a stand. The end of DACA puts me, my family, and 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation. I will no longer stay silent - I can’t afford to stay silent about my undocumented status. That is why I was arrested in Washington, D.C. as a volunteer for the #OurDream campaign. Like so many leaders in our nation’s history such as Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, I am taking a stand for what I believe is right. We must pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year as part of the spending bill.,” said Piash Ahamed is an immigrant of Bangladesh, a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who’s DACA expires in August 2018 and a volunteer for the OurDream Campaign.
Photos from the action: HERE.Please contact Raquel Avilez if you would like to interview participants involved in this action.
The #OurDream campaign is a coalition effort led by undocumented youth that includes: The Seed Project, Our Revolution, Youth Caucus of America, Democracy Spring, Progressive Democrats of America, Justice Democrats, Presente.org, Good Jobs Nation, Millennials for Revolution, Undocumented, Students for Education Equity, Democratic Socialist of America (NYC), The People's Consortium for Economic and Human Rights, Inc., Working Families Party, People for Bernie, Women's March, Common, Defense PAC/Vets Against Hate, Action Group Network, Million Hoodies