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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

#OurDream Coalition Statement on White House Meeting on Spending Bill & DACA Fix: #NoDreamNoDeal

Nov. 27, 2017

In advance of tomorrow’s White House meeting where Democratic and Republican leadership will discuss a fix to DACA, undocumented youth and allies of the #OurDream coalition issue the following statement:

President Trump’s September repeal of DACA placed over 800,000 undocumented youth at risk of deportation. Since then, for 81 days, Congress has done nothing to replace DACA, even though a clear, bipartisan solution – the Graham-Durbin DREAM ACT – waits on the table. GOP leaders who claim to support Dreamers have bargained their support for the Dream Act for measures that would push the family members of Dreamers further into the shadows or out of our country altogether. And Democrats, so many of whom claim to champion Dreamers, have refused to use their leverage to demand a solution. Thankfully, several leading Democrats have stepped forward in recent weeks to prove their commitment to undocumented youth by publicly pledging to vote against any year-end spending bill unless it includes a clean Dream Act. Now, with the news that Congressional leadership will meet Tuesday with President Trump to negotiate a year-end spending bill, we cannot wait any longer for the supposed supporters of Dreamers in Congress to lead. We call on every member of Congress who claims to support Dreamers to pledge: no Dream, no deal. Next week, we will begin organizing nonviolent, peaceful sit-ins at the office of any member of Congress who refuses to take this pledge to stand with Dreamers.

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The #OurDream campaign is a coalition effort led by undocumented youth that includes: Presente Action, The Seed Project, Undocumented Students for Education Equity, Progressive Democrats of America, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Democracy Spring, The People’s Consortium for Human and Civil Rights, Inc., Youth Caucus of America, MIllennials For Revolution, The People For Bernie.