Today our President and CEO Janet Murguía joined Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland to update our community on where things stand in Congress regarding legislation to protect DREAMers.
The fight has been long and hard, and we still have much to do. But we are in a better place than we have been in quite some time.
We are closer than ever to getting legislation that permanently protects DREAMers. This is an issue that has broad support from both parties. Indeed, the Dream Act has bipartisan co-sponsors and enough votes to pass easily if brought to a vote today.
But January is the last chance for Congress to take action before tens of thousands of DREAMers lose their ability to live, work, and contribute to the only country they know.
View the full video of the Facebook Live session below:
Today, the Trump administration chose not to continue Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants. Many people with TPS from El Salvador have been in the United States for nearly 20 years.
In early 2001, El Salvador was struck by a series of severe earthquakes. An estimated 195,000 Salvadorans now live in the United States, many of whom fled for their lives during that period of deadly natural disasters.
Trump’s decision to let Salvadoran TPS lapse means that the economy will take a hit from losing nearly 200,000 people who work hard every day in communities across the country. It makes it that much harder for thousands of families to provide for their children.
And Trump’s decision to end Salvadoran TPS means that 192,000 U.S.-citizen children now have to face the reality that their parents might be forced to leave them.
North Carolina Youth Hold Vigil Outside Courthouse to Demand DREAM Act Now
All photos courtesy of El Pueblo
By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS
Last week, youth in Raleigh, North Carolina organized a rally outside of a courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest the lack of progress there has been on relief for the nearly 800,000 DREAMers who came to the United States when they were children.
“They made a casket with the word Dreams written on it, and at the end of the vigil, we opened the casket and white balloons were released symbolizing that we will not allow our dreams to die,” recalled Miguel Figueras, Youth Program Coordinator at El Pueblo, Inc., an UnidosUS Affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The energy was high in Mr. Hernandez’s civics and government class at Houston Gateway Academy as the teacher begin to lead his students in a new lesson from the UnidosUS High School Democracy Project. On this day, the class focused on the requirements for and the importance of voting in local, state, and national elections.
The High School Democracy Project works with schools across the country to help prepare teachers and administrators to register eligible youth to vote. UnidosUS believes it is vital to make voter education, awareness, and registration an integral part of every high school senior’s experience.
Whether Kenneth Marcus knows it or not, the position he would take on must enforce all civil rights protections and advocate for kids and families no matter their immigration status.
By Rebeca Shackleford, Education Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Next week, the Senate will vote to confirm the next assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. The high-level position focuses on protecting each child’s civil rights in our nation’s public schools.
But during his nomination hearing on Tuesday, nominee Kenneth Marcus wouldn’t commit to protecting undocumented children.
“If they won’t let us dream, we won’t let them sleep!” activists chanted yesterday on the steps of the Supreme Court as they demanded Congress pass a DREAM Act now to help the nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children.
The Trump administration’s arbitrary and cruel decision to “wind down” the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has put the lives of thousands of young people in jeopardy.
And now as Congress has failed to act to provide relief for DREAMers, every day 122 people are losing their chance to pursue their education, have a shot at their dream job, or just provide for their families.
Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President in the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, joined UnidosUS staff and partners at the rally in Washington along with thousands of other activists from around the country.
We need your help to put a stop to the Trump administration and congressional Republican leadership’s current anti-child agenda. Watch the videos below and stand with us to protect our children by joining the UnidosUS Action Network: protectourfuture.us.