Educators visit legislators in Washington to call for a “Dream Act Now”
From left: José Enriquez, Executive Director of Latinos in Action; Carlos Guevara, UnidosUS Senior Policy Advisor; Marisol Rerucha, Career Technical Education Specialist at the San Diego County Office of Education; Alex Hernandez, Principal of The Multicultural High School.
By John Marth, Senior Content Specialist, UnidosUS
We all have our favorite symbols that remind us of what America’s all about. The Declaration of Independence, the flag, or even Monday Night Football. But when the end of DACA was announced three months ago, Marisol Rerucha looked at Lady Liberty.
She thought of “The New Colossus,” the Emma Lazarus poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty’s base, and how ending DACA violated it. “The great promise of our country, to be a refuge for those in need, was being spitefully revoked and would have a tremendous impact on hundreds of thousands of children,” Rerucha recalls thinking.
Rerucha copied down the poem and had it in mind as she visited Capitol Hill earlier this month to urge representatives to pass a DREAM Act by the end of the year. She visited offices with Alex Hernandez, Principal of The Multicultural High School in Brooklyn, New York, and José Enriquez, Executive Director of Latinos in Action in Utah. Rerucha is Career Technical Education Specialist at the San Diego County Office of Education.
All three are alumni of UnidosUS’s National Institute for Latino School Leaders, or NILSL, a fellowship that gives educators the skills and support they need to become advocates for Latino students in local and state politics.