Michelle Tremillo, executive director of the Texas Organizing Project, was cited and released today in Washington D.C. while protesting Congress’ lack of progress in passing a clean DREAM Act and the Trump’s administration repeal of TPS. Tremillo made the following statement on why she risked arrest today:
“Today, I was proud to join thousands of other community members from across this country who stood up for immigrant families, and the heart and soul of America. We put our bodies on the line because our families’ future is on the line. We stood together with immigrant youth and families and faced arrest to demand that Congress address the moral and human crisis that the Trump administration has caused by terminating DACA.
“More than 800,000 Dreamers and more than 300,000 immigrants with TPS and their families are at risk because of Trump’s radical acts of white supremacy. We demand Congress pass a clean DREAM Act to safeguard their futures by the end of this year and that they take action to protect the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries.
“Nearly everyday, we witness acts of unbelievable cruelty and hate from Republicans in Congress and President Trump — from the repeated attempts to repeal healthcare to the assaults on public education to funding cuts to public housing. But forcing more than one million Americans into the shadows, leaving them vulnerable to deportation and family separation, might be their most inhumane act yet. We will continue to stand up and fight to keep families together and ensure that Congress act before the end of the year.”
Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Bexar, Dallas and Harris counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.