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Home Is Here – The Fight for Dreamers

10.02.2019

Mi Familia Vota joined national, state, and local organizations throughout the United States to kick-off the “Home is Here” campaign, a national effort to defend DACA, urge DACA recipients to renew their work permits, and urge Congress to protect immigrant families. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on DACA on November 12th following the Trump administration’s botched efforts to end the program. 

As part of the “Home is Here” campaign, MFV helped lead a press conference in California. The state is significant because it is home to over 200,000 DACA recipients and California elected officials will be supporting Dreamers (in contrast to the Texas state government despite also having over 100,000 DACA recipients). Karina Martinez, the communications director for MFV, highlighted the numerous contributions made by DACA recipients and their households during the press conference. Several Dreamers also provided their testimonies and urged for action to protect their lives and their families. Read what Karina shared below and watch the press conference here: “Home Is Here” Press Conference in Los Angeles.

Picture courtesy of Chirla

MFV Press Conference Speech by Karina Martinez: 

We are here today to advocate for our community, for aspiring Americans who need a pathway to citizenship but are – in the meantime – fighting to keep the DACA program alive. 

DACA was announced June 15 of 2012 for a very defined group of immigrants. Those who risked everything to have a chance at the American Dream by enrolling in DACA have constructed new futures for themselves and our communities over the last 7 years: They started as students with BIG Dreams but have since evolved. They now have careers, have become mothers and fathers, have purchased homes, and they’re redefining our country’s future. 

Let me give you some facts pertaining to DACA recipients and their families: 

  • DACA recipients, on average, arrived in the United States at the age of 7, and have lived here for 20 years. 
  • There are 661,000 active DACA recipients but hundreds of thousands more who could join if DACA is opened to new applicants.
  • There are 256,000 U.S. born children with a parent who has DACA, and almost everyone is in a mixed status household. 
  • DACA recipients and their households pay 8.8 billion in taxes annually. 

It’s amazing. But I want to acknowledge 3 things before we continue 1. That undocumented youth led this movement and continue to lead this movement 2. That this fight is not easy. Every person sharing their stories today has excelled further and endured more than what can be captured in one rally. 3. Lastly: President Trump may not like it, but Home is Here.”

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“Hoy estamos aquí para abogar por nuestra comunidad, por miembros de nuestra familia quienes buscan lograr la ciudadanía pero les falta un camino para ajustar su estado migratorio. mientras tanto, luchan para mantener vivo el programa de DACA.

DACA se anunció el 15 de junio de 2012 para un grupo muy definido de inmigrantes indocumentados- eran principalmente jóvenes . Aquellos que arriesgaron todo para tener una oportunidad de tener el sueño americano al inscribirse en DACA han construido nuevos futuros para sí mismos y para nuestras comunidades durante los últimos 7 años: comenzaron como estudiantes con grandes sueños  pero desde entonces han evolucionado. Ahora tienen carreras, se han convertido en madres y padres, han comprado casas y están redefiniendo el futuro de nuestro país.

Permíteme darles algunos datos relacionados con los destinatarios de DACA y sus familias:

  • Los beneficiarios de DACA, en promedio, llegaron a los Estados Unidos a la edad de 7 años y han vivido aquí durante 20 años.
  • Hay 661,000 receptores activos de DACA pero cientos de miles más que podrían unirse si DACA se abre a nuevos solicitantes.
  • Hay 256,000 niños nacidos en los EE. UU. Con un padre que tiene DACA, y casi todos están en un hogar de estado mixto.
  • Los beneficiarios de DACA y sus hogares pagan 8.8 mil millones en impuestos anualmente.

Es asombroso. Pero quiero reconocer 3 cosas antes de continuar 1. Que los jóvenes indocumentados encabezaron este movimiento y continúan liderando este movimiento 2. Que esta lucha no es fácil. Cada persona que comparte sus historias hoy se ha destacado aún más y ha soportado más de lo que se puede capturar en en esta reunión. 3. Por último: puede que al presidente Trump no le guste esto, pero esta es nuestra casa: Home is Here.”