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Almost 8,000 Dreamers, advocates, allies, and local leaders rallied at 43 locations in 14 states today in a targeted effort dubbed Operation #DreamActNow to call for a clean Dream Act before the end of this year.
In Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, Massachusetts, California, New York, Kansas, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Oklahoma, Dreamers walked out, demonstrated outside the offices of members of Congress, delivered petitions, and held marches to make it clear that Congress needs to act now.
In Washington, DC, hundreds of Dreamers and advocates poured into the Hart Senate Office building, filling the entire Senate floor and its rows of balconies, and were joined by members of Congress like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Fifteen undocumented youth and DACA beneficiaries were arrested after unfurling 20-foot long banners reading “Clean Dream Act Now!” Thousands of advocates also rallied on Capitol Hill.
Operation Dream Act Now wasn’t even the only Dreamer-related action today. Democratic Senators joined with VoteVets and Harminder Saini — a Dreamer enlisted in the U.S. Army — to highlight the essential skills that Dreamers offer the US military. Earlier in the day, nearly a dozen House Republicans held a press conference announcing their support of Dreamer legislation.