For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Bruna Bouhid,, 202-850-0812
Sheridan Aguirre,, 202.793.2267
Texas: Chris Valdez,, 713-352-8197

Earth to McConnell: Immigrant Youth Are In Danger Now and the Urgency is Real

WASHINGTON - Tonight, the top two Senate Republicans repeatedly lied to make excuses for their refusal to pass legislation to protect immigrant youth. In spite of controlling every branch of government, they blamed immigrants for their inability to come up with the votes to fund the government.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy & Policy Director of United We Dream and potential beneficiary of the Dream Act said:

“Tonight was a sad day on the Senate floor as the two top Republican leaders lied about the safety of young immigrants.

“They know better. Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10 year old Texas girl, was dragged to a detention camp from her hospital room and all across this country, millions of children and young people are living with uncertainty.

“Anyone who says that we have more time for this insane Congressional gridlock is lying. Delay means deportations.”


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