'Dreamers' Gather At University Of Houston To Ask Congress To Protect Them

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

Organized by The New York Immigrant Coalition and CASA Virginia, protesters called for Congress to vote to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. Even Trump, who frequently disparages undocumented immigrants, has expressed some sympathy. "We don't want to have that". The Dream Act. When do we want it? Among them were Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) and Judy Chu (D-California).

But inside the Capitol building, the Dreamer issue remained at a standstill. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis Curbelo34 House Republicans demand DACA action this year House conservatives cast doubt on GOP leaders' shutdown strategy 12 House Republicans object to Alaska refuge oil drilling proposal MORE (R-Fla.), have vowed to withhold their vote for any must-pass end-of-year spending bill unless Congress legislates on Dreamer protections.

The Center for Community Change (CCC) and CASA in Action organized 40 "Defend Our Immigrant Communities" Day of Action events throughout the country, including a rally at Washington's a rally at the Upper Senate Park at noon. "That would be an act of betrayal".

While Democrats unanimously support measures like the Dream Act - every member of the caucus has signed on to the discharge petition - many are demanding a "clean" Dream Act, that doesn't include border security concessions for Republicans. One Republican, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, has said the same.

"Dreamers did what their government asked them to do".

President Trump and the Democratic and Republican leaders of both the House and Senate are scheduled to meet Thursday in hopes of avoiding a shutdown.

Although the current DACA program is set to expire in March, about 22,000 DACA individuals were unable to renew their status this year, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "We are trying to fight the good fight".

"When you see those pictures of people, you don't know who is or isn't a Dreamer", Jaime Scatena said as he slowly pulled a fresh portrait of a UH student from the printer lodged inside the group's truck. And around the country, innocent people languish in prisons with the threat of deportation looming over their heads, such as Siham Byah, a single mother and a college student who has been living in the USA for 18 years and is on a hunger strike after ICE placed her in custody on November 7 in MA. "It's a critical issue. We're going to have to come up with a negotiated outcome that demonstrates our compassion for these young adults who came here as children, through no fault of their own, and now find themselves trapped". That program, known as DACA, granted qualified applicants - including about 124,000 Texans - a work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings.

The critical moment may come Thursday in a meeting among Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"Dreamers" are immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Democrats are using their leverage in budget negotiations to push for protections for DACA recipients. That deadline is in March, though immigration advocates say a solution is needed by the end of the year because it will take several months to implement the new program. Last month, 29 percent of Americans believed DACA amnesty was a priority.