Immigrant rights activists push CA to pass Clean Dream Act
As the Senate shut down the latest immigration overhaul attempt that would create a pathway to citizenship for over a million Dreamers, while funding a border wall, immigrant rights activists in Los Angeles made their demand known.
“We have all been extremely clear from the beginning on what we want and what we deserve
for immigrant families and community and that was a Clean Dream Act,” said Melody Kinglenfuss from California Dream Network. “And it still remains a Clean Dream Act. We are here in solidarity to express our disappointment because the Clean Dream Act did not get a vote or is being taken seriously as a legislation. All we see are egregious amendments in every way.
Advocates believe that there are some compromises that would work.
“The McCain Koons bill is a reflection of that. It includes a pathway to citizenship that includes addressing the components of the Dream act. It has some smart way of approaching the border issues that have
been brought up, some type of funding but it’s not the $25 billion blank check,” said Polo Morales.
Time is running out for Dreamers, the Obama-era executive order of DACA is supposed to end on March 5 and be replaced with a more permanent legislation — however, federal judges have issued rulings that have since discarded that deadline.
Despite the deadline and the court rulings, both federal officials, as well as immigration advocates, say that DACA recipients should continue renewing their applications.