Friday, November 10, 2017

DACA Update #4: Thousands Protest in DC, Deported Dreamer Detained

Protesters in the Senate Office Building. Photo: Getty Images
Over 8,000 Immigrant Youth Take Over Nation’s Capitol & Walkout From Schools in CA, TX, OK, DC, MD, VA
Tell Paul Ryan & Mitch McConnell: “Pass Dream Act Now”

Dream Act is Urgent — 7,901 Young People Have Already Lost DACA Since September 5th
For Immediate Release
November 9th, 2017
National: Bruna Bouhid || 202-850-0812
Sheridan Aguirre | | 202.793.2267
Texas: Chris Valdez | | 713-352-8197

Washington, DC & cities nationwide – Today, just over two months after Trump killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, over a thousand immigrant youth and people of conscience took over the Hart Senate Building at the nation’s Capitol to demand Congress pass a clean Dream Act before the end of this year: a path to citizenship with permanent protection and no dangerous enforcement add-ons.

New data released today underscores the urgency for a clean Dream Act now as 7,901 undocumented youth have already lost DACA protections since September 5th of this year.

Over 1,500 young people walked out of DC Capitol area schools and traveled from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, Massachusetts, California, New York, Kansas, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.[...]

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‘Undocumented, unafraid.’: DACA recipients storm the U.S. Capitol
'Dream Act now:' Students lead protest inside Hart Senate Office Building

Photo: Astrid Riecken/Washington Post)
By Perry Stein, Washington Post
November 9, 2017
They ditched school and marched to Capitol Hill en masse, then filled four floors of balconies in the vast atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Silent at first, fists raised in the air, they soon erupted into bellowing chants that echoed through the massive marble-clad room.

“Dream Act. Dream Act.”

“Sí se puede. Sí se puede.”

The demonstration Thursday involving high school and college students from the Washington region and beyond was the latest attempt by undocumented immigrants and their advocates to keep Congress focused on their plight.[…]

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First DREAMer deported under Trump arrested again for trying to enter U.S.

Alan Gomez, USA Today
November 8, 2017
The first known DREAMer to allege he was improperly deported by U.S. Border Patrol agents was arrested for trying to illegally re-enter the country for the second time this year, authorities said Wednesday.

Juan Manuel Montes, 23, was caught late Monday after he was spotted on the U.S. side of the border by agents monitoring video feeds near Calexico, Calif., where he had lived for most of his life, according to a Border Patrol statement. Montes ran for about 200 yards, dropped to the ground, tried to flee again as Border Patrol agents approached him, but was quickly caught and arrested.

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