FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2017
Natalia Jaramillo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC - Today, Congress voted in favor of a Continuing Resolution that funds the government for another month while postponing until next year any decision on the Dream Act or on any measure to protect 800,000 young immigrants previously covered by the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, also known as DACA, terminated in September by the Trump administration.
In response, immigrant mothers and leaders from the We Belong Together Campaign, send the following messages to Congress:
Laura, Dreamer and mother whose DACA ends on December 22nd:
“Because of the arbitrary deadline that the Trump administration gave us to file for an extension, tomorrow was my last day of hope before losing my status. While our Members of Congress go back home to spend the holidays with their families, I will spend them in fear of being separated from my husband and 11 year old daughter. How will I be able to sleep knowing that Trump’s deportation machine knows where I live? Who will pick up our daughter from school in January since I won’t have a driver’s license anymore? Congress might say they are delaying their vote, but today they made the decision to hand me over for deportation.”
Jeanette Vizguerra, mother of a DACA recipient and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People:
“Don’t be fooled. Delaying a vote on the Dream Act means voting for the deportation of Dreamers and separating their families. As soon as my daughter loses her DACA, she will be in immediate risk of being deported and separated from her three children. Just like her, there are 400,000 women in the same situation, counting the days until their DACA expires. And, just like her kids, there are more than 200,000 children of DACA recipients who were counting on Congress to not allow their moms and dads to be taken away.”
Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance:
“After passing a tax scam that benefits the ultra wealthy over millions of hardworking people, Congress failed our families, leaving our youth at risk of deportation. As a result, every single time a mother is detained, a kid is separated from her parents, or a family is torn apart, we will remember those in Congress who swore to represent and protect their communities and did the opposite. In 2018, we are calling on millions of women like me to use our voices and votes to make sure this never happens again.