Walkout for DACA calls for new legislation for Dreamers

Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Sun Times

If you are reading this, I have been arrested and am in jail for standing up to Congress and the Trump administration in Washington, D.C. demanding that they pass a Clean #DreamActNow before the end of this year.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer used a megaphone to warn the crowd that it is illegal to demonstrate in the building. Protesters urged Congress to pass permanent DACA protections for "DREAMers" brought to the United States illegally as children.

Protesters gathered in the main atrium of the Senate building, chanting "Clean Dream Act!" and unfurling massive banners that said "GOP we need a clean dream act by December". "Give Dreamers the opportunity they deserve in the only home they've ever known".

However, President Trump later said that DACA recipients "have nothing to worry about", adding that if Congress can not pass a law he will "revisit this issue".

Created by the Obama administration in 2012, DACA allows young immigrants brought into the U.S. illegally as children to get a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as permission to work, study and obtain driver's licenses.

Dozens of FIU students want Congress to pass what they call a "clean" Dream Act that would provide a legal pathway to citizenship. Under the program, anyone who was brought to this country illegally as a child could apply to have their deportation delayed for two years, during which time they could get approval to hold a job and go to school. Sessions said the Justice Department advised the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an "orderly, lawful wind-down" of the program, saying it "yielded bad humanitarian consequences". "Or they're people like me who could lose their jobs that are older dreamers". Viviana said while in the US she was aware that some Americans still thought that was her future, and there were times during high school she believed it. Viviana said she chose to change so that she could be a better role model for her younger sisters.

In Washington DC, the protesters marched from the Senate to the Capitol building, chanting "undocumented, unafraid".

"I have a commitment to my family, to my community to be fighting for protection for them", Soto said in Spanish, as Ruiz translated.

On Wednesday, Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security was asked about DACA recipients during her confirmation hearing.

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