As part of We Belong Togethers’ 6th annual “Dream for the Holidays” campaign, South Florida’s children and youth from immigrant families will deliver letters to Senator Rubio sharing their dream for the holidays. Across the country children and youth are writing letters urging Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act and to protect 430,000 immigrant families threatened by the elimination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Dream for the Holidays is lifting up the voices of the children who will be most harmed if Congress fails to act before the end of the year.
“Christmas is almost here and my dream for the holidays is to keep my family together. It is hard to concentrate in school because I am scared that when I get home, they will not be there because they were taken away. Also, can you please protect the TPS families too? As a kid, I deserve to be safe and happy with my family,” writes Leah, a 12-year-old girl from Miami whose parents are undocumented. Leah will visit Senator Rubio’s office on Wednesday and will also travel to Washington D.C. in December to deliver her letter directly to Congress.
Kids, youth and immigrant families are urging Senator Rubio to cosponsor the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 and pressure Senate leadership to take the bill up for a vote before the end of the year. On TPS, even though the Senator recently wrote an op-ed asking the Trump administration to extend TPS for Haitian families, we urge him to support for a legislative solution to create a permanent solution for families with TPS.
Similar events will take place throughout the country where kids and youth will write and deliver their letters to their Members of Congress, and submit their letters to www.dreamfortheholidays.org. On December 7th, a delegation of children and youth from throughout the country to Washington D.C. to deliver the letters directly to Congress.
Nearly 1.5 million people could soon be at risk of deportation, as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) expires for 800,000 young immigrants and the Trump administration slowly eliminates TPS that protects from deportation more than 430,000 immigrants from countries severely affected by natural disasters or violent conflicts. Hundreds of thousands of children are living in growing fear of being separated from their parents or loved ones since one out of every four recipients of DACA has U.S. born children and 273,0000 kids have parents with TPS.
For more information, visit: http://dreamfortheholidays.org.
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