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Thanksgiving Recess: Massive Mobilization to Pass the Dream Act This Year

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

PRESS EVENTS: Immigrant Community Activists and Allies Host more than 30 Events Nationwide Calling for #DreamActNow

Immigrant youth, local leaders, advocates, and allies are escalating their campaign for the Dream Act with rallies, marches, petition deliveries, and protests in 13 states to call for citizenship and protection for immigrant youth during Thanksgiving recess.

Poll after poll documents the overwhelming public support for undocumented youth: according to Quinnipiac, nearly 90% of Americans support a pathway to citizenship or legal status for undocumented youth. Now it’s time for Congress to listen to America, pass a clean Dream Act, and protect undocumented youth and immigrant families.

While some in the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress have suggested procrastinating until next year to solve this crisis, the simple fact is that DACA has already been terminated.  Delay is not an option for the hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth facing the consequences of that decision. An additional million undocumented youth who’ve made this country their home stand to gain protections, a pathway to citizenship, work authorization and more opportunities for the very first time with the Dream Act. There is no solution other than passing commonsense legislation that will give undocumented youth a path to residency and citizenship.

Congress must ensure that the Dream Act receives a vote before year’s end and should explore attaching Dream to every moving legislative vehicle in the coming weeks and months. That includes the upcoming disaster relief bills and the omnibus spending package that currently must pass by the end of the year..

Bottom line: If Congress has failed to solve the problem before December 8, they must include it in the end of year spending bill. Leaving town isn’t an option, nor is funding the means to deport undocumented youth and their families through appropriations.

Please see below for a list of some of the actions in California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

California

November 22, 2017
9am: United to Stay Rally and March
Day Labor Community Center, 11841 Sherman Way Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

11am:  After the march there will be a mass at Our Lady of Holy Rosary
7200 Vineland Ave, Sun Valley, CA

Additionally, throughout the week immigrant allies will be engaging Members of Congress in the Central Valley and Southern California while they are in district.

Colorado

November 21, 2017

2pm:    Delivery of DREAM Is Running Out of Time” Gift Basket to Members of Congress
600 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203

2pm     Delivery of DREAM Is Running Out of Time” Gift Basket to Members of Congress
3300 S Parker Rd #305, Aurora, CO 80014

Florida

November 21, 2017

11am: Rally for TPS extension & permanent status at Mar-a-Lago
1525 NW 167 St, Miami, FL 33169 for bus
1100 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 for rally

November 22, 2017

South Florida Youth Deliver Holiday Letters to Senator Rubio Urging Him to Pass a Clean Dream Act and a Solution for Families with TPS

11am:  Letter Delivery: Senator Marco Rubio’s Office, 8669 NW 36th St, Doral, FL 33166

12:30pm: Letter-writing party: We Count
201 North Krome Ave, Suite 230 Homestead, FL 33030

Contact Natalia Jaramillo, natalia@domesticworkers.org(786) 317-3524 or Lis Marie Alvarado, Lmalvarado@afsc.org(786) 523-2805

November 27, 2017

5:30 pm: DACA townhall
East River Smokehouse, 8491 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL

Kansas

Immigrant allies will be engaging their Members of Congress during the congressional recess. Contact Sal Cervantes (scervantes@communitychange.org) for specific details

Maine

November 21 & 23, 2017

12 pm: Protest/Picket-line in front of Senator Collins’ office
55 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME 04240

Michigan

Immigrant allies will be engaging Members of Congress during the Thanksgiving recess. Contact Sal Cervantes (scervantes@communitychange.org) for specific details

New Jersey

November 21, 2017

4pm:    Thanksgiving Week of Action Dream Rally
30 Schuyler Pl, Morristown, NJ 08330

November 22, 2017

3pm:    Thanksgiving Week of Action Dream Rally
5914 Main St, Mays Landing, NY 08330

November 23, 2017

11am: Thanksgiving Week of Action Dream Rally
1 New St, Clinton, NJ 08809

New York

November 21, 2017

12-1pm: DACA Recipients & Allies Host an Undocumented Thanksgiving Meal at Rep. Katko Office
440 South Warren St, Syracuse, NY 13202
Contact Bruna Bouhid, bruna@unitedwedream.org202.850.0812

5pm:    Silent vigil and picket line on Peter King’s office
1003 Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park, NY 11762

Please contact Daniel Atschuler Daniel.altschuler@maketheroadny.org for additional details

November 22, 2017

Dream Act postcards drop off at Congressman Donovan’s office
265 New Dorp Lane, 2nd Floor Staten Island, NY 10306

Tennessee

November 21, 2017

6pm:    Memphis: Immigrant Youth-led Vigils in Support of a Clean Dream Act
City Hall, 125 N Main Street, Memphis, TN

6:30pm: Nashville: Immigrant Youth-led Vigils in Support of a Clean Dream Act
Outside the offices of Senators Corker and Alexander at 3322 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN

Immigrant allies will be engaging their Senators during the Thanksgiving recess.

Please contact Isaias Guerrero iguerrero@communitychange.org for specific details

Texas

November 21

6pm:    North Texas Thanksgiving Dreamer Dinner and Action
1408 N Washington St, Ste 300, Dallas, TX 75204

Utah

November 21, 2017

4pm:    Dream Act Office visit
9067 S. 1300 West, West Jordan, UT

4pm:    Local Immigration Advocates to Call on Senator Orrin Hatch to Support the
Dream Act; Deliver 10,500 butterfly cut outs representing every Utah Dreamer

125 S State St # 8402, Salt Lake City, UT 84138

Virginia

November 21, 2017

6pm:    Faith and Immigrant leaders vigil
Vigil outside of Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Sterling, Va. Office
21430 Cedar Drive, Suite 218, Sterling, VA 20164

Wisconsin

November 20-24, 2017

New Billboards in Paul Ryan’s District Urge Passage of Clean Dream Act by Christmas
See the static billboard at 2816 Milton Ave, Janesville, WI 53545
The mobile billboard will travel around Ryan’s district.
Please contact  Brian Stewart at press@moveon.org

Advocates, leaders call on Speaker Ryan to bring Dream Act to a floor vote
Please contact scervantes@communitychange.org