Thousands of Advocates and Supporters to Demand Congress Act for Immigrant Families and Communities at the Capitol

Posted November 29, 2017 /

Advocates and constituents from across the country to demand Congress “Defend Our Immigrant Communities”

WASHINGTON – Immigrants, activists and allies will hold a day of action in Congress at noon Wednesday, December 6 to demand that lawmakers deliver the promises made to immigrants in September after the Trump Administration ended the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and demand action for beneficiaries of Temporary Protective Status (TPS).

 

Immigrant communities have been confronting a series of attacks and setbacks, particularly the termination of DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Nicaraguans. Tens of thousands of other TPS holders face uncertainty as the renewal deadlines loom. Congress can pass the Dream Act for immigrant youth and a solution for the 300,000 TPS holders who have long made America their home.

 

“They praised dreamers, they sympathized with those who had to flee their countries

but now they stand by as these same immigrants lose their status one by one,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “There is still time to fix this for immigrant families but it has to be done now.”

 

“Over  the years and decades, Salvadorans, Hondurans, Haitians and many others with Temporary Protected Status have built thriving lives here, buying homes, starting businesses, serving in the military, raising young Americans. As an immigrant from El Salvador who carries the memory of civil unrest and brutality with me, I fear for the grim fate that awaits thousands of TPS holders and Dreamers if Congress fails to act,” said Jaime Contreras, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU.  

Immigrant activists have been building momentum throughout the year with a series of marches and Congressional actions aimed at raising the voices of more than a million immigrants working and studying here with temporary working permits. Tens of thousands will rally on Capitol Hill  to continue putting pressure on Congress to include provisions that protect immigrant families.

 

“It’s time for Congress and this administration  to stop playing games with immigrants’ lives,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “The time to pass  a clean DREAM Act is now. More than 1 million DACA and TPS holders are living their worst nightmare as the clock ticks to the end of their status. We are better than this and our communities deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. If members of congress fall back on their promise to these young Americans, we will make sure they feel our pain at the ballot box next November.”

 

The event will be marked by the largest act of civil disobedience organized by immigrant groups in the history of the movement.

 

WHAT: DEFEND OUR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES major mobilization: People from across the country will descend on Washington, D.C. to demand Congress make good on its promises to pass a clean Dream Act and protect Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries before the end of the year. Congressional visits and other actions are also planned.

 

WHEN:  DEC. 6, Wednesday at NOON (12:00pmET)

 

WHERE: Upper Senate Park, Capitol Hill, Washington DC

 

WHO: Center for Community Change, CASA/CASA in Action, United We Dream, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), SEIU 32BJ, America’s Voice, FWD.us

 

For more information, please contact Fernanda Durand, CASA/CASA in Action, at 240-706-2624 or fdurand@wearecasa.org; Bruna Bouhid, UWD, at (202) 850-0812 or bruna@unitedwedream.org Jasmine Nazarett, CCC/FIRM, at 954-471-9080 or jnazarett@communitychange.org

Thousands of Advocates and Supporters to Demand Congress Act for Immigrant Families and Communities at the Capitol

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