Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Updates: Dreamers on Hunger Strike, New Petition for ICE Out of the Courts

As of 4 pm today, December 19, Dreamers are sitting in at the offices of a number of Congress members. For live coverage from inside the office, go here:

Seven Dreamers in jail are on hunger strike to press for vote on DACA

By CBS News
December 18, 2017
A group of Dreamers -- including a former Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign staffer, Erika Andiola -- have been on a hunger strike since they were arrested Friday after a sit-in at the Capitol, at the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The Dreamers are vowing to continue their hunger strike until Schumer and GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida win enough votes in the Senate and the House to delay a vote on the spending bill and force a vote on a clean DREAM Act. They're pushing for a vote on such a bill on Dec. 22, the date when lawmakers must pass a new spending bill in order to avert a government shutdown.

A spokesperson for Andiola, Candice Fortin, told The Slot that the group was arrested for staying at the building after-hours, technically for what was considered unlawful entry. Neither Schumer nor Curbelo was in his office during the protest.[…]

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Jailed Immigrants Launch Hunger Strike Until Congress Passes a ‘Clean’ Dream Act

By Carlos Ballesteros, Newsweek
December 19, 2017
A group of Dreamers claim to have gone on hunger strike in a Washington, D.C., jail until Congress commits to forego passing an end-of-the-year spending bill without a "clean" DREAM Act.

According to a statement provided to The Slot, the seven Dreamers and an ally to their cause were arrested on Friday during sit-ins at the offices of Senator Chuck Schumer, the leading Democrat in the chamber, and Representative Carlos Curbelo, a pro-immigrant Republican.[…]

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New Petition to End ICE's Courthouse Arrests in New York

In addition to the online petition from New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC DSA), Change.org has started its own petition demanding that New York Chief Judge DiFiore bar ICE from courthouses to prevent further detentions of immigrants when they try to appear in court.—TPOI editor

Sign the petition here:

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