Senator Harris to Dreamers: We Made a Promise to You, and We Must Keep It

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Photo courtesy of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – On Monday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, held a roundtable at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center with eight Dreamers, who are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

The young people, brought to the United States as children, would also benefit from the DREAM Act – a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Senator Harris that would ensure permanent resident status to nearly a million young people. California is home to 1 in 4 of the nation’s total DACA population.

 

“California is home to the most DACA recipients in the country, and America is the only country they’ve known as home,” said Senator Harris. “Thousands of DACA recipients have gone to college, served in the military, and opened small businesses – we must uphold the promise we made to these kids. I will fight to preserve the protections already given to them, and for comprehensive immigration reform because we need a long-term solution. We are a nation of immigrants and must resolve this issue on behalf of these young people.”

 

At the event, Senator Harris discussed her efforts to protect Dreamers and highlighted the contributions they’ve made to our economy and local communities. The Trump Administration has until September 5 to respond to a lawsuit by several state Attorneys General and decide whether they will rescind the DACA program.

 

Senator Harris was joined at the roundtable by advocacy groups including the Downtown UCLA Labor Center, FWD.us, the Korean Resource Center, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, who are all at the forefront of efforts to protect Dreamers.

 

“We call on President Trump to protect DACA and Dreamers – and we need every single Member of Congress and Senator to co-sponsor legislation that would allow Dreamers to work and live in the U.S. and demand a vote on the floor of the House and Senate,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte.

 

Senadora Harris a los Dreamers: Les Hicimos Una Promesa, Y Debemos Mantenerla

 

LOS ANGELES – Hoy, la Senadora Kamala D. Harris, miembro del Comité de Seguridad Nacional y Asuntos Gubernamentales del Senado, realizo una mesa redonda en el Centro de Trabajo de UCLA con ocho Dreamers, que están protegidos contra la deportación bajo el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, siglas en inglés). Los jóvenes, llevados a los Estados Unidos como niños, también se beneficiarían del DREAM Act – un proyecto de ley bipartidista copatrocinado por la Senadora Harris que garantizaría el estatus de residente permanente a casi un millón de jóvenes. California es el hogar de 1 de cada 4 de los beneficiarios de DACA en la nación.

 

“California es el hogar de la mayoría de los beneficiarios de DACA en el país, y los Estados Unidos es el único país que han conocido como su hogar,” dijo la Senadora Harris. “Miles de beneficiarios de DACA han ido a la universidad, han servido en el ejército, y han abierto pequeñas empresas – debemos mantener la promesa que hicimos a estos niños. Lucharé por preservar las protecciones que ya se les han dado y por una reforma migratoria integral porque necesitamos una solución a largo plazo. Somos una nación de inmigrantes y debemos resolver este problema en nombre de estos jóvenes.”

 

En el evento, la Senadora Harris discutió sus esfuerzos para proteger a los Dreamers y hablo de las contribuciones que han hecho a nuestra economía y a las comunidades locales. La Administración de Trump tiene hasta el 5 de septiembre para responder a una demanda de varios Fiscales Generales y decidir si cancelarán el programa DACA.

 

La Senadora Harris se unió en la mesa redonda con grupos de defensa incluyendo el Centro de Trabajo de UCLA, FWD.us, el Centro de Recursos Coreano, y la Coalición por los Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes de Los Ángeles, quienes están todos al primer plano de los esfuerzos para proteger a los Dreamers.

 

“Pedimos que el Presidente Trump protega a DACA y a los Dreamers – y necesitamos que todos los Miembros del Congreso y Senadores a que copatrocinaran legislación que permita a los Dreamers trabajar y vivir en los Estados Unidos y exigir una votación en la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado,” dijo el Presidente de FWD.us Todd Schulte.

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Senator Harris has a good heart but a terrible history education. She demonstrates this with a blanket statement that “we are a nation of immigrants”. An immigrant does not automatically emerge an American. We must not be a nation of immigrants. We must be a nation of Americans with a common belief handed to us by those who fought or died to unite us as a nation. A nation of immigrants will divide and separate into their own governmental models. Then we will have division and weakness. A nation ready to be conquered by a powerful enemy. History will repeat with a new lesson from American political carelessness.

  2. I like your comment and support. Americans fought for our freedom but not for breaking federal law. How many dreamers will enlist and fight for America. That is a contribution to our great country. Harris is playing the field to bleeding heart supporters for the wrong reason.

  3. Yes, we are a nation of immigrants LEGAL immigration.

    Although these individuals were brought here as children and are not at fault, the parents of these kids knew fully well that they were illegally entering our country in violation of US law and therefore they have no civil rights and should not be allowed to remain.

    It is not right or fair to allow these ILLEGAL immigrants to jump the line ahead of individuals who are going through the legal process, followed our laws, and are now waiting their turn to become residents of our US, legally!

    As a military veteran, I am okay with giving special consideration to anyone started out as a illegal immigrant but served our Nation in military uniform and received an Honorable Discharge. To me this demonstrates their commitment to becoming a productive member of our society.

  4. Every nation is a nation of immigrants …. they all came into each country from somewhere. Worldwide migrations have always been the mainstay of what eventually became a nation. If you read the history of countries, you can learn from where it’s inhabitants emerged…. and still do.

  5. People who can’t separate LEGAL and ILLEGAL immigrants irritate the heck out of me. What part of illegal immigrant don’t they understand?

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