Yesterday evening DREAM Act supporters, including young immigrants and allies from across the country, gathered at the symbolic Lincoln Memorial — the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech — to sing holiday carols. Marchers carried candles and an image of the Virgin Mary – December 12th is El Dia De La Virgen Guadalupe, after all.
DREAM leader Gaby Pacheco led a procession to the National Christmas Tree at the White House, where caroling continued. Spirits and hopes were high, despite a light drizzle of rain, that several key Senators will have a change of heart and do the right thing by voting “Yes” on the DREAM Act in this holiday season where we celebrate love, compassion, and peace.
Today, a group of DREAM act youth and supporters arrived on Capitol Hill with giant checks to give out to lawmakers. Based on the Congressional Budget Office’s report late last week, passing the DREAM Act would create $2.3 billion over the next 10 years in revenue and slash the deficit by $1.4 billion.
After spending a night in jail, 16 college students and community activists continued pushing for passage of a youth immigration measure Tuesday, holding rallies and vigils and continuing a three-week hunger strike to ratchet up pressure on lawmakers.
This morning, at the National Immigration Forum, I spent time with 20 of the most impressive young people I’ve ever met. They are DREAMers from all over the country who are here, in Washington, DC, to look Senators in the eye and ask them to support the DREAM Act.
University students across Texas this week joined San Antonio students in a hunger strike aimed at pressuring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to vote for the DREAM Act.
A small group of immigration activists staged a protest at the entrance to the Krome immigrant detention center Monday, the first of what they said will be weekly demonstrations seeking a suspension of deportations while Congress decides whether to legalize undocumented immigrants.
Hundreds of protesters rallied in Brooklyn Sunday for a bill that would create a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who go to college or join the military.
Taking a page from civil rights protesters of another era, eight young adults in San Antonio are waging a hunger strike to try to pressure Congress to pass the DREAM Act, a law they say is their only real shot at having a successful future in the United States, the only country they know as home.
The movement for immigration reform gained momentum this week as young immigration activists staged sit-ins and press conferences – from Santa Ana to the nation’s capital – to tout the possibility of action during the lame duck session of Congress.
Last Friday we asked for help to make sure that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his volunteer “army” would not be intimidating Latino voters out of participating in the cornerstone of our democracy: voting. We asked our supporters to send a message to the DOJ to send monitors down to Maricopa County. Guess what? The Department of Justice responded swiftly, and will be sending election monitors to Arizona.