LULAC, 150 Dreamers lobby congress to solve DACA
A 150-member group of Dreamers representing 10 states and the District of Columbia descended on Capitol Hill to lobby congress for passage of the Dream Act. Their trip was sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Hispanic Federation.
The visit comes as the government is on the verge of shutting down on Friday at midnight if Congress is unable to pass a funding proposal. House Republicans have proposed a short-term spending bill with no immigration solution, and Democrats are holding out for a long-term budget deal that addresses multiple issues including deferred action for DREAMers.
“I believe in the Dream Act because I believe in the 800,000 students out there with aspirations like mine. Even though we weren’t really prepared for this, we made the best out of a hard situation. I want to encourage every Congressman and every Congresswoman to pass the Dream Act. We did our part and now it’s time for them to do their part,” said Dreamer Joseph Trujillo, of Dallas, TX, who serves as President of Texas A&M LULAC chapter.
The Trump’s administration decision to end DACA and cancel Temporary Protective Status for Salvadorans effective September 2019 has mobilized immigrant rights activists and their supporters.
“When elected leaders fan flames of fear into a firestorm of prejudice and hostility, we recall other demagogues who made the powerless scapegoats for society’s ills. We know these demagogues; we’ve heard their dog whistles before,” said Rabbi David B. Cohen.
President Trump and other conservatives rejected a bipartisan DACA deal due to a lack of proper funding for the border wall.
“Might as well roll it straight into the trash can … mass amnesty far beyond DACA, fake border security, no end to chain migration,” tweeted Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
Even with Washington DC in political gridlock and at below freezing temperatures, Dreamers visited every congressional office urging a permanent solution.
“With over 122 Dreamers losing their DACA status each day, congressional inaction that keeps them in limbo is cruel, heartless, and contrary to American values,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ,. “The Dreamers who are here today are teachers, students, young professionals, and integral members of communities across the country. I urge my Republican colleagues to stop using Dreamers as a bargaining chip, and pass meaningful legislation that protects them.”