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Florida State Senator Soto To Meet With Florida Immigrant Families As Part of “DAPA Dinners” Campaign

 

This Sunday, Florida State Senator Darren Soto will join Young American Dreamers to break bread with five Florida families as part of the “DAPA Dinners” campaign.

Hugo and Maribel live in Auburndale with their two U.S. citizen children and Maribel’s 13 year old daughter, who is a DREAMer. Hugo, a carpenter, and Maribel, a homemaker, are originally from Mexico and have been in the U.S. for over 14 years.

David, a construction worker, and Daisy, a house cleaner, live in Auburndale with their three U.S. citizen children and Daisy’s DACA-eligible son. David and Daisy are originally from Mexico. David has been in the U.S. approximately 20 years and Daisy has been here over 14 years.

Jorge and Rosa, Auburndale residents, are both originally from Mexico and have lived in the U.S. for over 22 years. Rosa has five U.S. Citizen children, three with Jorge. Jorge is a carpenter and Rosa is a house cleaner.

Fermin and Veronica live with their three U.S. citizen children in Wahneta. Originally from Mexico, they arrived in the U.S. about 16 years ago. Fermin is a residential roofer and Veronica is a farm worker.

Gelasio and Xochitl, both originally from Mexico, live in Auburndale with their two U.S. citizen children. Gelasio, who works in agricultural irrigation, has been in the U.S. 17 years and Xochitl, who works in plant nursery, arrived 13 years ago.

Approximately 229,000 Florida immigrants would be eligible for deportation deferral, work permits, and state driver’s licenses under the immigration programs announced by President Obama in 2015.  Now, the fate of these policies—and the fate of thousands of families —will be decided by the Supreme Court in June.

This latest “DAPA Dinner” with Senator Soto is the latest in a campaign bringing together elected officials, political candidates, and immigrant families to discuss how the implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA would help immigrant families across the United States.

To learn more about the DAPA Dinners campaign, as well as previous DAPA Dinner events, click here.