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PHOTOS: Utah Dreamers and Advocates Use Paper Butterflies to Call on Senator Hatch to Support the Dream Act


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: