With the clock kicking, thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and allies rallied in Washington, D.C., today and in cities across the nation to demand Congress act now on legislation to protect undocumented immigrant youth and TPS families. On the steps of the nation’s capitol building, an estimated 100 demonstrators, including California Congresswoman Judy Chu and Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, were arrested in a historic act of civil disobedience:
Staff with San Jose-based SIREN traveled to the nation’s capital Tuesday to join demonstrators, while DACA youth and immigration advocates held a phone bank at the organization’s headquarters on Koll Circle.
In Modesto, where the organization has another office, activists planned to gather outside Rep. Jeff Denham’s office Wednesday, urging him and other GOP colleagues to vote on a “clean” Dream Act bill. By that, they mean the legislation wouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip to advance other policies, such as funding a border wall and increasing border security.
“Young voters are engaged and mobilizing around passing a clean Dream Act because they understand that this fight is not about politics—it is about people,” said DACA recipient and California youth organizing director at NextGen America, Raul Preciado. “This fight is about their family members, friends, and neighbors.”
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