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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 »

Sen. Durbin is Lifting Up DACA Success Stories on Senate Floor — While Republicans Aim to Bring DACA Down

Immigration reform champion Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) has been taking to the Senate floor regularly to describe the transformative impact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is having on people’s lives.  You’d think that policymakers from all political ideologies would support allowing smart, talented, and driven Americans to realize their full potential in … Continue reading »

Meet The People Under Attack by the GOP

Today House Republicans passed anti-immigrant legislation that would overturn last November’s executive actions, end the DACA program for DREAMers, and maximize deportations of undocumented immigrants settled in America. These Republicans don’t seem to get that for millions of Americans this issue is not political, it is deeply personal. With this vote they are telling American citizen … Continue reading »

Arizona DREAMers Begin Lining Up At Dawn for Driver's Licenses

Arizona’s famously anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio spent today trying to argue in favor of more deportations — but in Arizona it was a joyous day for local DREAMers, who were finally able to start applying for driver’s licenses after a protracted legal battle with Gov. Jan Brewer.  In photos and tweets, DREAMers were all smiles as they … Continue reading »

AZ DREAMers Already Lining Up for Driver's Licenses, While Arpaio is in DC Petitioning for Deportations

Sheriff Joe Arpaio today is asking a federal judge to suspend President Obama’s executive action until a court ruling can be issued on the constitutionality of the action.  In other words, it’s three days before Christmas, and Arpaio is petitioning a federal court for the resumption of deportations that separate families. Back in Arizona, of course, it’s Arpaio … Continue reading »