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United We DREAM Unveils Immigration Reform Platform
Photo: DREAMer conference
By Van Le, America’s Voice
Following the success of the DREAMer conference in Kansas City this weekend—the biggest gathering of DREAMers to date—United We DREAM unveiled their new platform for change this morning, their statement of principles describing the type of immigration reform they have vowed to pursue next year.
The DREAMer conference this weekend brought together 600 attendees from 47 affiliates from across the country to celebrate the immigration movement’s historic wins this year, and strategize for the future.
After a year in which DREAMers persuaded President Obama to announce a deferred action (DACA) program to protect young immigrants, then went on to mobilize historic percentages of Latino voters to turn out for last month’s election, the political class is now quick to recognize their accomplishments and acknowledge that there is a need for citizenship-based immigration reform. In that vein, United We DREAM this morning announced a new platform that demands protections for families, access to higher education, and a roadmap to citizenship.
The platform reads as follows:
- 1. Fair treatment for DREAMers and our families and communities, including a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million Americans without papers and an end to senseless deportations and abuses
- 2. The ability to travel without fear, ensuring all immigrants have access to driver licenses and the ability to visit family in other countries
- 3. The elimination of barriers to higher education for immigrant youth by extending state and federal financial aid opportunities, as well as in-state tuition rates to DREAMers available to our peers
- 4. An end to excessive and costly immigration enforcement policies which separate families and divide communities, such as “Secure Communities,” E-Verify, 287G, and roadside checkpoints
- 5. Access to health care and safe, fair working conditions and equal protection under the law for all
- 6. Growth and diversity of our movement for change, intensifying efforts to become more inclusive of non-Latinos, LGBTQ communities, differently-abled people, people of faith, and other groups