As DREAM Act Push Intensifies, Four DACA Recipients Guest Edit Guardian Series On Dreamers

Justino Mora, a 28-year-old DACA recipient, is a software engineer in Los Angeles and the cofounder of UndocuMedia, a hugely popular Twitter and Instagram account among young Latinos and immigrants that disseminates cultural, political, and humorous information and memes. Mora’s message to members of Congress who are not listening to the vast majorities of American voters who want immigrant youth to stay is clear. “You’re on the wrong side of history, and history will judge you,” he says. “Do the right thing and pass a clean Dream Act”:

Where were you born, when did you come to the US?

I was born in Tlalnepantla, in Mexico. I came to the US at the age of 11 in the summer of 2000.

Why is a Dream Act important to you?

It is is going to determine my future goals, aspirations and dreams, as well as those of about 3.3 million Dream Act-eligible people.

In short, my community cannot be allowed to suffer any longer.

The federal government already has one of the best-funded and largest deportation machines in the history of the country. The Trump administration has increased the number of immigration raids, thus separating entire families. In fact, just today I heard of one of my friend’s grandmother, who received a letter from Ice threatening her with deportation.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll in September, 86% of people support allowing undocumented young people to stay in the country. It is not only important to me, but also to the vast majority Americans.

The “We Are Here To Stay” series is available here to read (“the stories range from politics to the environment. Allyson Duarte is responsible for the story about efforts to save butterflies on the border (they are endangered by the wall Trump wants to build”). While not a part of the series, United We Dream co-founder Cristina Jiménez also penned a Newsweek op-ed urging Congress to act on the DREAM Act within the next two weeks, which is the best chance immigrant youth have right now to pass the legislation. “Our lives hang in the balance—that’s the message immigrant youth are delivering to Congress right now”:

Increasingly, we are seen and heard as the new American majority fighting for a better country, and for the bedrock values of freedom, dignity and the pursuit of happiness. We are here to stay. We’ve turned that idea into a national rallying cry in the era of Trump.

And, now, we’re asking the leaders of Congress, point blank: Are you going to take action to protect immigrant youth or will you take action to deport them?

“If legislators pass the Dream Act,” Jiménez continues, “they will join a tradition of leaders who have fought to protect and help fulfill the dreams of immigrants, women, people of color, LGBTQ Americans and others. If legislators choose to deport immigrant youth, they will become part of a tradition of leaders who have opposed protections and rights for immigrants, women, people of color, LGBTQ Americans and others. Either way, we will soon learn where Congress stands.”

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"Trump’s inhumane decision to kill DACA left over 124,000 Texas immigrant youth, and thousands across the country facing deportations, detention and separation from their families."

Texas and others need your support now! Call Congress!

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— United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) December 11, 2017

Source : https://dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/11/1723288/-As-DREAM-Act-push-intensifies-four-DACA-recipients-guest-edit-Guardian-series-on-Dreamers

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As DREAM Act Push Intensifies, Four DACA Recipients Guest Edit Guardian Series On Dreamers

Source:Daily Kos

As DREAM Act Push Intensifies, Four DACA Recipients Guest Edit Guardian Series On Dreamers