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Durbin to Cornyn: Now’s Your Chance. Hold Hearings On Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Orders

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has been named the Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee for this Congress. We know him all too well. Over the years, Cornyn has talked a lot about immigration – and talked and talked — but rarely does he translate his relatively positive rhetoric into anything approaching … Continue reading »

Dr. Yuriana Aguilar, A DACA Recipient: My Parents “See The American Dream Fulfilling In Me”

“Will America be a stronger country if we deport Luis,” Sen. Dick Durbin asked during a floor speech last week, “or if he stays here and becomes a high school teacher?” A quick watch of Sen. Durbin’s speech makes the answer crystal clear. Luis, a DACA recipient, volunteers as a tutor when he isn’t busy … Continue reading »

Senator Durbin: “The Stories Of DREAMers Tell You Why We Need To #SaveDACA”

Sen. Dick Durbin continued his ongoing efforts to share the stories of DACA recipients, last Friday lifting up the story of Javier. Like many other DREAMers, Javier didn’t know he was undocumented until he tried to apply for financial assistance in order to attend college. Without DACA, higher education would have remained out-of-reach for Javier. Now he is … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Reacts to the Bridge Act

Today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that he and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will introduce the Bridge Act, which if passed would provide “provisional protected status” for the undocumented youth who currently qualify for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are original co-sponsors. According to Frank Sharry, … Continue reading »

The Nation Agrees: President-elect Trump and Congress Must Protect American DREAMers

With less than 50 days until President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, there is burgeoning support for DREAMers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program across the nation. Last week, Global Strategy Group released a new poll  showing that by more than a 2:1 margin, 58%-28%, Americans oppose an effort to repeal the DACA program for DREAMers. Said Lynn … Continue reading »

Sen. Durbin Shares Asael’s Story: “DACA Meant That I Had A Future Worth Fighting For”

Sen. Dick Durbin continued lifting up the stories of DACA recipients, this morning sharing the successes of Asael Reyes from Chicago, Illinois. When Asael was in high school when he found out he was undocumented. Devastated, he felt he “had no future” and he dropped out of school after struggling with his grades. But his … Continue reading »

“DACA Meant That I Had a Future Worth Fighting For”. Momentum Growing Behind Push to Protect DREAMers

The fight to protect the futures and opportunities of DREAMers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program continues to gather momentum. Yesterday, news emerged that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) is preparing legislation to address DREAMers’ status should President Trump repeal DACA on day one of his presidency, as he has pledged. SaidGraham, “The worst outcome … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Sen. Durbin Shares The DACA Stories Of Two DREAMers

Earlier this week, Sen. Dick Durbin spoke on the Senate floor about Father Rey Piñeda, a DACA recipient and Catholic priest. Like Father Piñeda, the futures of Yuri and Valentina depend on the future of DACA, which could be undone on Day One of a Donald Trump Presidency. Earlier today, Sen. Durbin shared Yuri and Valentina’s stories, their contributions to … Continue reading »

“An Opportunity to Give Back to this Country That Has Given Me So Much”

50 Days Out from Day One of Trump Presidency, More Reminders Why DACA Program for DREAMers Benefits America In a spate of Senate floor speeches, longtime immigration reform champion Senator Dick Durbin has been describing the lives of individual DREAMers and reminding listeners that revoking their DACA-related work permits and protection from deportation would not … Continue reading »

Story of Father Rey Pineda Latest Reminder of the Fact that America Benefits from DACA

Senator Durbin Floor Speech Tells Story of Catholic Priest With DACA, Consequences of Ending Policy Washington, DC – One of the first battles of Donald Trump’s presidency will be over the futures and livelihoods of the 750,000 DREAMers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. While Trump has pledged to end DACA on day … Continue reading »