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In Salt Lake City, Utah today, Dreamers and advocates presented Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)’s office with 10,500 paper butterflies — one for every Utah Dreamer — to pressure the Senator to support the Dream Act.
Utah has over 9,000 DACA recipients and 19,000 Dream Act-eligible individuals who would help the state’s GDP grow by $206 million if legislation were enacted. Yet Sen. Hatch has yet to co-sponsor the Dream Act.
The action was led by Mayra Cedano, a Comunidades Unidas Community Engagement Manager; Bernardo Castro, a BYU Student and potential Dream Act beneficiary; Yessenia Sontay, a University of Utah Student and potential Dream Act beneficiary; and Ciriac Alvarez, a local advocate and potential Dream Act beneficiary. The butterflies were created by teachers and students from Utah public schools.
View the photos from today’s action below: