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DREAMers Refuse to be silenced by Citizens United and Steve King

DES MOINES — Today at 5:30pm central, national immigrant rights leaders along with Iowa advocates are holding a press conference in front of the Polk County Courthouse to send a message to 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates that the undocumented community will not be intimidated by Steve King and Citizens United.

WHO: National immigrant rights leaders along with Iowa advocates

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:30pm

WHERE: Polk County Courthouse, 500 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309

IF IT RAINS: Java Joe’s Coffee House. 620 Cherry St Suite 100 Des Moines, IA 50309

In January, nationally known Dreamers, Cesar Vargas of New York and Marco Malagon of Texas, were arrested at the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Steve King and Citizens United.

Cesar is a graduate of CUNY Law School and Marco is a small business owner in Texas. The two were arrested — without explanation — for standing while holding signs and asking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry about their support for the Republican lawsuit to block DAPA and DACA+. Christian Berg, Deputy General Counsel at Citizens United was listed as the only witness on the official police documents recording the event.

Both Texas and New Jersey are listed as plaintiffs on the lawsuit which attempts to end DAPA and DACA+. The combined programs would benefit an estimated 5 million families across the country. In Iowa, nearly 20,000 people would likely qualify for driver’s licenses and work permits through DAPA and DACA+.

Cesar and Erika Andiola received national coverage last August when they confronted Steve King and Rand Paul at an Iowa fundraiser back in August to ask him about his support for ending DACA. The YouTube video of the exchange has been viewed by over a million people.

In recent months, every major Republican candidate for president has come out in support of the lawsuit to end DAPA and DACA+ while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley have reaffirmed their opposition to the lawsuit and/or support for the executive actions.