TOP’s Tremillo Risks Arrest at Action in DC for Immigrant Families

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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.”

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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.

Protesters Outside of Rep. Hurd’s Office Call for Dream Act

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SAN ANTONIO – As DACA’s deadlines nears, several people gathered in front of Congressman Will Hurd’s office this on Thursday afternoon.

The demonstrators who gathered admit there’s fear and uncertainty on both sides, and they’re hoping for a clean Dream Act bill.

About two-dozen concerned citizens with signs and loud voices showed up to make sure the Texas representative and others in Congress do not include enforcement add-ons to the Dream Act. They say it will hurt other immigrants.

Some of the demonstrators we spoke to worry about mass deportations, and the possibility of a border wall being included as part of the Dream Act legislation.

With DACA phasing out, many feel they are being left in limbo.

“The DACA recipients are waiting their whole lives, are on hold because – am I a citizen, am I not?” said Rosey Abuabara .

“Every day is like a countdown for us because we still don’t know what’s going to happen to us,” said Jessica Azua of Texas Organizing Project San Antonio

The groups says they’ve been trying to reach Will Hurd by phone, email and even in person for weeks, but they haven’t heard back from him.

Hurd’s office released a statement saying the American immigration system is broken, and “this is why I have been working with my colleagues as a member of a DACA Working Group to provide a permanent, legislative solution for children brought here through no fault of their own. As I’ve said before, we should create immigration policies that strengthen our economy and keep Americans safe, which is why I am currently working to ensure that people who have only known America as their home can stay and continue contributing to our Nation’s culture, economy and history. I am currently evaluating any and all potential legislative solutions in order to develop a plan that will ultimately get passed in both the House and Senate, and be signed into law by the President.”

This story originally appeared 10/5/2017 on Spectrum News San Antonio.

Manifestaciones a favor del Dream Act en San Antonio

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Jessica Azúa, dreamer y activista de Texas Organizing Project, habla de su lucha en pro de un Dream Act limpio y sus demandas al congresista Will Hurd, quien ha expresado su apoyo a los dreamers.

This story originally appeared 10/5/2017 on Univision 41.