The New York squad holed up in Senator Schumer‘s DC office just had a quick meeting with the senator.Â They going to continue with the sit-in because they are no where near happy with the results.Â The senator continues to stick with this line of not pushing the DREAM Act this year.Â One of his failed promises from last week was a meeting with senate leadership and campaign leadership to talk about the future of the DREAM Act.Â The meeting was supposed to include Dream Act youth leaders.Â Schumer’s office had promised this and again lied on that promise.
It turns out however the meeting did happen, but instead of having youth there to defend our position we had advocates from the campaign do it for us.Â About an hour ago Schumer told the youth in his DC office that Reform Immigration for America, namely, Ali Noorani (executive director of National Immigration Forum), Frank Sharry (America’s Voice), Deepak Bhargava (Executive Director of the Center for Community Change), members of the Catholic Church and others, were at a meeting yesterday where they stated they did not want the senator to move forward with the DREAM Act as a stand-alone bill.
An aide to Schumer stated that Dream Act youth were not wanted at that meeting by the campaign.
A complete list of who was at this meeting will be coming shortly.Â It is time to hold our ‘leaders’ accountable.
The BIG question is why?Â Why are our so called leaders holding out on our communities?Â Why are they advocating against the DREAM Act?Â We are supposed to be a unified movement, yet at every turn we have to fight with our own advocates to even have any space in the discussion!Â Why?
Why would you rather have youth STARVE than to support us?
Prove us wrong, and release a statement calling for stand-alone DREAM Act immediately.
Prove us wrong, and include immigrant youth, who can speak for themselves, at a meeting with congressional leadership.
I want to be clear that on behalf of FIRM and CCC, I specifically said to Sen. Schumer on June 9 that we want the following to happen:
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2.Â Votes on the DREAM Act and Ag Jobs as separate measures to provide relief to students and farm workers, provided that we can ensure the price of these important measures is not even harsher enforcement that makes the suffering of undocumented families not covered by these measures even worse.
We’ll dissect the actual substance of the entire statement later, but just wanted to update everyone with the statement made on behalf of CCC and FIRM.
With comprehensive immigration reform stalled, we strongly believe that the time has come for Congress to pass the DREAM Act. They should do it now — this summer. The measure would provide a path to citizenship for young people who are Americans in all but paperwork.
We are still waiting to get this as a formal response, in the form of something that can be presented directly to one of the many senators who have made this same representation.
The Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign fully supports enactment of the DREAM Act.Â The DREAM Act is a core element of the Campaignâ€™s principles for comprehensive immigration reform…
The statement does not call for the DREAM Act as a stand-alone bill.Â The statement fails to make it clear that Schumer was not told not to push for a stand-alone DREAM Act in absence of a comprehensive bill.
Our ask is pretty simple.Â If you do truly support the Dream Act and wish for it to be a win this year then put it on paper and send us a formal letter.Â We have been told by countless senators that, behind the scenes, this is not the case.Â We need something on paper to show them they are wrong.Â Help us help you by proving these politicians wrong.