Today, July 20th, over 20 undocumented immigrant youth from all over the country, including one from Texas, are risking arrest and deportation as they stage sit-ins at various congressional offices. They are urging congressional leadership to take action and pass the DREAM Act, a narrowly-tailored, bipartisan bill which would grant immigrant youth a path to citizenship. According to recent surveys by First Focus, 70% of the American public supports the DREAM Act.
Show your support for these students and for the DREAM Act by signing the petition to the Senate: http://americasvoiceonline.org/page/content/DreamActNow
They are holding sit-ins in the offices of the following elected officials: Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senator Menendez, Senator Feinstein, Senator McCain, and Senator Schumer. Jose Torres of Texas, is sitting in the office of Senate Majority Leader Reid.
Jose Torres of Texas states, “The DREAM Act is the critical first increment in a longer process of immigration reform. We’re here to fight for our dreams and the dreams of our communities.” Torres holds a bachelor of arts in business administration from UT Austin and aspires to attend law school. Jose arrived in the United States with his parents at age four.
After two months of coast-to-coast actions, including dozens of sit-ins, civil disobedience actions, and protracted hunger strikes by both undocumented youth and community members, they have decided to bring the cause of their lives to Washington D.C. The immigrant youth participating in today’s action hail from Illinois, Virginia, New York, California, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, and Michigan.
Erika Andiola of Arizona states, “My parents sacrificed everything for me so I could pursue the American Dream. To deny my dreams is to deny the dreams of my parents. I’m doing this for them.” Andiola is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a bachelor of arts in psychology.
Rosario Lopez of North Carolina states, “We have nothing to fear anymore except inaction. Our spirits grow stronger every day.” Lopez is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, holds a bachelor of science in biology, and aspires to pursue a PhD. In June, she participated in a 13-day hunger strike in front of Senator Hagan’s office.
Your support for students like Erika, Jose and Rosario is essential if we are to get the DREAM Act passed this session. Please sign the petition now: http://americasvoiceonline.org/page/content/DreamActNow
At least 65,000 undocumented immigrant youth graduate from high schools every year, and many of them struggle to attend institutions of higher education and/or the military. The DREAM Act will allow youth who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 to pursue a path to legal residency contingent on continuous presence in the country, good behavior, and the completion of at least two-years towards a university degree or two-years in the U.S. armed forces.