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Mi Familia Vota Urges Congress to Keep Hope Alive for DACA Recipients through BRIDGE Act

01.12.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2017

 

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Mi Familia Vota Urges Congress to Keep Hope Alive for DACA Recipients through BRIDGE Act

Legislative efforts underway offer opportunity for Congress to codify DACA program into law and for President-elect Donald Trump to allow bipartisan efforts to protect DACA recipients to continue

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Congressmen Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) introduced the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act to the 115th U.S. Congress.

The bill was previously introduced to the Senate in December, and is being newly introduced to the House of Representatives. It would offer “provisional protected presence” and employment authorization to people who currently have DACA and those eligible who have not yet applied.

For Mi Familia Vota, immigration is not just a political issue, it is a family issue. Leaders within the organization have benefitted from the program, and have dedicated their careers to ensuring that undocumented communities have a voice. Mi Familia Vota is committed to organizing and continuing to build Latino political power to protect the immigrant community from any attacks from the Trump Administration or the Republican Party.

The following is a statement from Salvador Hernandez, Colorado civic engagement coordinator for Mi Familia Vota, based in Denver, Colorado:

“In a time of uncertainty in our country, it is refreshing to see that a bipartisan effort to protect DACA recipients from deportation is being introduced. DACA has dramatically changed my life and going back to the shadows is something that would destroy many lives.”

The following is a statement from Cristian Avila, national civic engagement coordinator for Mi Familia Vota, based in Phoenix, Arizona:

“DACA has kept the light of the American Dream alive for many of us in these times of fear and darkness, while many of us worry about our parents and family members that don’t qualify for this protection.

We applaud Congressmen Gutierrez and Mike Coffman for having the political and moral will to protect the youth and progress we have made over these last few years with legislation. Now more than ever we need, rely, and urge our representatives to protect programs like DACA, although we recognize that what our families really need is comprehensive immigration reform.”

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