Last Friday, Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) became the second member of the House of Representatives to sit down with an immigrant family as part of the “DAPA Dinners” campaign.
Rep. Foster sat down with the Flores family of Bolingbrook, Illinois for a meal to hear how DAPA and expanded DACA — currently on hold due to a partisan lawsuit from the Governors and Attorneys General from 26 states — would personally impact their family.
The family’s father, Pedro, has lived in the United States since 1990 and would benefit from the stalled DAPA program. He is married to a U.S. citizen, Inez, and together they have three children: The couple has three children: Abigail, 16, Arizbel, 12 and Alexander, 8.
Having dinner w/ the Flores family in Bolingbrook to discuss how our broken immigration system impacts their family pic.twitter.com/VahVVRz0Xi
— Bill Foster (@RepBillFoster) December 4, 2015
— SSIP (@SSIPchicago) December 4, 2015
Rep. Foster also recorded a video with the Flores family following their meal, where he expressed hope that the Supreme Court will not only take up DAPA, but that advocates will also have a positive outcome.
“DAPA and the DACA expansion would provide temporary relief for families stuck in our broken immigration system through deferred action programs,” read a statement from Rep. Foster’s office.
“These actions would prevent millions of families from being torn apart, provide visas for highly-skilled workers, and give many immigrants relief from the fear of deportation.”
“DAPA Dinners” — is a new collaborative organized by America’s Voice, CCCA/FIRM, and United We Dream Action — invites all 2016 candidates, Senators, and Members of Congress to join an immigrant family for dinner.
Past lawmakers and leaders to join an immigrant family for a DAPA Dinner include 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, Senator Dick Durbin, and Rep. Ruben Gallego.