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ICYMI: “U.S. military member calls on Congress: ‘Honor my service by not deporting my family'”

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Gabe Ortiz of DailyKos Highlights Latest Installment of America’s Voice Ad Campaign

Washington, DC – Writing for DailyKos, Gabe Ortiz highlights the Cesar Vargas ad, the second installment of the ongoing America’s Voice television and digital campaign that calls on Congress to deliver on immigration reform.

Below, find excerpts of the piece “U.S. military member calls on Congress: ‘Honor my service by not deporting my family’”, which can be found online at DailyKos here.

“Cesar Vargas is doing his part by defending the nation as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. He’s now asking federal legislators to do their part and defend his undocumented loved ones.

“I was undocumented,” he says in a digital ad. “Today, I proudly serve in the United States Army Reserve. I’m willing to die for our freedoms. And the only thing I’m asking is for this nation to honor my service by not deporting my family.”


This is the second ad the organization has released in recent days urging legislators to pass immigration relief. Miryam’s ad premiered during 60 Minutes last weekend. 

“My family is undocumented,” she said. “When I was seven, I knew I wanted to become a doctor to help and to heal people. My family has worked so hard for me to be able to go to medical school. Yet every time I take one step forward, I am pushed back five. And I am tired of being afraid. I am a good American and I deserve citizenship.”

Cesar, Miryam, and millions of other families continue to wait for news about the inclusion of temporary immigration provisions in the Build Back Better Act now going to the Senate. Since then, dozens of House Democrats and advocates have called on Senate leadership to overrule the parliamentarian’s non-binding opinion and reinsert a pathway to citizenship back into the plan.”

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “As we near the end of the year, Democrats still have the opportunity to fulfill their promise and recognize undocumented immigrants and their families as the Americans they already are. Not just in the military, but across our economy, undocumented immigrants and their families have put it all on the line for this country throughout the pandemic. As the powerful words of Miryam and Cesar remind us, immigrant families are counting on Democrats to follow through and complete their work to protect immigrants who protect us.”

Watch the Cesar Vargas ad here and watch the Miryam ad here.