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DREAMers End Hunger Strike For NY DREAM Act On César Chávez Day

Dozens of DREAMers ended their week-long hunger strike late yesterday evening after Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the New York state budget without the inclusion of the DREAM Act. The New York Immigration Coalition, one of the groups that had been fighting to have DREAM reinserted into the budget, released this statement: “It is shameful that … Continue reading »

New Report From CAP: For Many Undocumented Students, Access To A College Education Is Simply Not A Reality

The Center For American Progress released a report today on the need for further access to affordable, higher education for undocumented students. In January, President Obama announced his “America’s College Promise” plan to assist youth and adults in accessing a community college education. But when it comes to a four-year and post-secondary education, a combination … Continue reading »

50+ DREAMers Rally, Go On Hunger Strike For NY DREAM Act

Yesterday afternoon, over 50 New York DREAMers and their allies pledged a hunger strike after Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would be dropping the NY DREAM Act from the annual budget. Gov. Cuomo — who had campaigned on making the DREAM Act a reality, and up until last week was still promoting the bill to … Continue reading »

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Promised To Make The DREAM Act A Reality — Is He Walking It Back Now?

When the Republican-led NY State Senate failed to pass the DREAM Act by a razor-thin margin last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo made the legislation a pivotal part of his re-election campaign and promised to include the bill in his next budget. Cuomo won, and when he again touted the DREAM Act in January’s State of … Continue reading »

DREAMer Juan Escalante on Attending Obama Town Hall Last Night

Yesterday, I was able to attend President Obama’s town hall on immigration. The event was hosted by MSNBC and Telemundo at Florida International University’s Graham Center — an intimate venue that allowed a small crowd to witness the President champion his executive actions on immigration. The event, which was televised across the United States, lent itself as … Continue reading »

Senator Durbin Lifts Up Aspiring Doctor’s DREAMer Story on Senate Floor

For weeks now, Congressional Republicans have been embroiled in fight with each other over a DHS funding bill that would end DACA and DAPA for millions of DREAMers and immigrant parents. The House and Senate could pass a clean funding bill — as Democrats have been insisting — but apparently for Republicans, attacking immigrant families … Continue reading »

DREAMers Ask Senate Judiciary Republicans: "Am I A Deportable?"

The DREAMers are at it again! Yesterday, before the start of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, DREAMers with United We Dream chased down a number of SJC Republicans and asked them what they thought about Steve King calling young immigrants “deportables.” “Am I a deportable?” You can watch the DREAMers posing … Continue reading »

WATCH Google Hangout with DREAMers Erika Andiola, Cesar Vargas, Juan Escalante

In the Google Hangout below, Elianne Ramos interviews three DREAMers who were recently at the Iowa Freedom Summit: Cesar Vargas, Erika Andiola, and Juan Escalante.  Cesar and Erika have already made a name for themselves chasing down Steve King and Rand Paul in Iowa, and Cesar was recently arrested protesting Chris Christie at the Freedom Summit. … Continue reading »

Sen. Durbin Highlights Story of Former DREAMer and Veteran Featured in New Film, Spare Parts

Throughout the week Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) has been taking to the Senate floor to describe the transformative impact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is having on people’s lives.  While more than 600,000 young people have applied for the program since 2012 and are now studying, working and otherwise contributing to the country they … Continue reading »