This has been an eventful week for the Dream30. Here’s a quick summary of the week just in case you’ve missed some of it.
Oh, and for those of you wondering, “Who the heck are the Dream30?” The Dream30 are a group of young people, Dreamers who presented themselves at the border crossing in Laredo Texas, on September 30th. They lined up, in their caps and gowns, asking for permission to be allowed to come back home, to their families here in the United States. Five of the Dreamers have since been released, the other 25 remain detained at the El Paso Detention Center.
On Tuesday, 12 of the 25 Dreamers received a second interview, in detention. This interview was unusual; normally you only get one interview before the local DHS office decides what they are going to do with you. We were told by the local DHS office that this interview came at the “request of Washington D.C.” This worries us. It seems that officials in D.C. are trying to quash this project by making life hard for these Dreamers, hoping to dissuade others from trying the same thing.
Later that day our worries came true when we heard back on the case of Rocio and Erika; two of the Dreamers had been denied their interviews, fast-tracking their deportations. Now, unless the Obama Administration grants discretion in their cases, both Rocio and Erika, will be deported as early as next week.
On Wednesday, we were told we wold be hearing from DHS about the remaining twenty or so Dreamers. The responses never came. The same thing happened on Wednesday. Today we wait again. DHS is notoriously good at making decisions on a Friday, hoping to stifle any media attention.
This week has not been all bad news; so far we’ve gathered nearly 400 pictures of support from around the country. People just like you have been sending us pictures and just tagging us on facebook. The pictures have been great; they’ve been helping us realize how big this movement really is.
On Wednesday, Luis Gutierrez issued a statement, which he posted onto his facebook wall. The statement wasn’t exactly what we were asking for but it’s better than nothing. “Dreamers, moms and friends of those in detention as part of the group called “the Dream 30″ have contacted me and I want to express my support for their release.”
On Thursday, the famous civil rights leader, John Lewis, also came out in support of the #Dream30. In his letter to President Obama he said: “I hope that you will continue to exercise your discretion and grant humanitarian parole to these deserving young people so that they may return home to resume their pursuit of the American Dream.”
Time is of the essence for the Dream30; the letters of support from the Members of Congress are super important. The more members we can get on the record in favor of the Dream30, the better chance we have of ensuring the Obama Administration will BringThemHome. We are hoping we can end this week with a letter of support from the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Individual members of the caucus have come out in support, but never before have we had the entire caucus come out in favor.
Can you help us BringThemHome by taking a minute to sign this petition? after you sign it would be immensely helpful if you share the petition on facebook with a quick message for your friends to also sign. Each time someone signs the petition a message is sent to the White House, as well as several DHS contacts. The more messages they get the more of a priority they make the Dream30.