For Immediate Release
8 DACA Holders and 5 Allies Have Just Been Arrested Inside The U.S. Capitol Confronting Democrats on Final Days to Pass Spending Bill with the Dream Act
Following the courage of The Dream 7 that stayed in jail for 6 days in a hunger strike, 8 DACA holders and 5 allies continue the fight to pass a Clean Dream Act.
WASHINGTON - While singing “We love our families more than you know, we are fighting to all stay home” and chanting “No Dream No Deal,” 8 DACA holders and 5 allies were just arrested inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol by U.S. Capitol Police.
“I am risking arrest because I know that the fight is not over,” said Renata Mauriz, a DACA holder from Massachusetts in a statement before her arrest. “I am tired of seeing Democrats announce their support for Dreamers and not doing anything about it. My family and I need more than promises and tweets, we need actions. Every day where I don’t know if I will lose my DACA is a day where my life is disrupted. I will continue disrupting politicians until they meet our demands.”
With just one more day remaining prior to the vote on the spending bill, the Our Dream coalition and undocumented youth are continuing to push Sen. Schumer (D-NY) and all Democrats to reject any version of the spending bill that does not include permanent protection for undocumented youth. Following a day of Dream Act protests throughout Washington, D.C. the 8 DACA holders and 5 allies united in a circle in the middle of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda while holding a banner with “No Dream No Deal” and the faces of the Dream 7.
“Because of the 6 day strike from the Dream 7, Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and others came out today in support of “No Dream No Deal”” said Oswaldo Rodriguez, a DACA holder from New Jersey. “This follows the full support of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Senate to include a Clean Dream Act on the spending bill. It is now up to Sen. Schumer (D-NY) to do the same.”