OCDT Banner Drops: They Still Have a DREAM!

Mon, Jan 21, 2013

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{Banner drop in SanTana / photo cred: Facebook.com/OrangeCountyDreamTeam}

From the Orange County DREAM Team:

“The passage of the policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals marked a historic step for immigrant rights in the United States, but this policy, though a good first step, was never meant to be, nor should be interpreted, as a solution to the nation’s ailing immigration system. With President Barack Obama about to formally begin his second term in office, immigrant youth are ready to mobilize once again in order to urge the president and congressional representatives to enact meaningful and humane immigration reform.

“As great as Deferred Action is, many members of our undocumented community do not benefit from this policy,” Jesus Cortez, an Orange County Dream Team Member, said. “We should demand a more inclusive immigration policy that respects the human rights and dignity of all immigrants.”

In calling for a humane reform of the country’s immigration system, the Orange County Dream Team asks that the president and congressional leaders keep all immigrant families in their minds through every step of the process, and outline a path to adjust the status of the undocumented community in order to keep families together.

“When I was a child I was separated from my mother for many years. During this time my mother was deported due to an immigration raid at her workplace. Inhumane enforcement programs like Secure Communities and 287g continue to separate our families on a daily basis,” Alexis Nava Teodoro said. “We demand an immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship but also eliminates these programs once and for all!”

The time to fix our broken immigration system is now. If there is a lesson to be learned from the 2012 election results it is that this is an issue that cannot be ignored nor deferred to the future. President Obama won the election in no small part thanks to the support of Latinos and Asian Americans, two groups who overwhelmingly support immigration reform that keeps all families together, giving the president a clear mandate, and congress a clear reason to act on the issue of the year.”

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