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Senator Menendez, Immigration Advocates: “We Are Calling For Justice And Humanity In Keeping Our Families Together”

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Today, Senator Robert Menendez, immigration advocates, and individuals who would be helped by DAPA and DACA+ spoke about the direct impact the legal case is having on not only their own lives, but the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants across the United States.

Senator Menendez Press Conference

Senator Menendez Audience

Senator Menendez was joined by Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change, Alida Garcia, Director of Coalitions & Policy at FWD.us, Father Timothy Kesicki, President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Areli Zarate, a DACA-mented high school teacher from Austin whose mother is DAPA eligible, Richard Biehl, Dayton Ohio Police Chief, and Juan Carlos, a Maryland resident eligible for the expanded DACA program.

The President’s programs confer protection against deportation and work permits to individuals who are low priority for immigration enforcement and would allow approximately 5 million immigrants living and working in the U.S. to come out of the shadows.

The speakers discussed the importance of DAPA and DACA+, which would not only let millions of immigrants live without the daily fear of deportation, but strengthen the economies of local communities and states. Video of the press conference is available to watch here.