FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2018
FIRM Network Takes Over Congressional Republican Offices to Demand the DREAM Act Now
Nineteen protestors arrested as Senators McConnell, Cotton, Cornyn and Grassley and Representative McCarthy see their offices filled with dozens of DREAMers, parents, teachers, and activists
(Washington, D.C.)—More than 100 immigrants, activists, educators, students and allies protested in the offices of Congressional Republicans to demand they withhold their vote for a continuing resolution that does not include the DREAM Act. Protesters held sit-ins in the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23rd District) and Senators McConnell (R-KY), Cotton (R-AR), Cornyn (R-TX) and Grassley (R-IA), leading to the arrest of 19 people.
“These fearless DREAMers and activists have escalated their actions into civil disobedience actions, putting their bodies on the line in order to get the DREAM Act passed,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Trump threw an entire generation of young adults onto a space of fear and uncertainty when he ended DACA, and Congress has demonstrated its spinelessness in the face of white supremacy.”
Tens of thousands of DACAmented adults have already lost the protections afforded to them under DACA. They have lost their driver’s licenses, work permits, and the ability to enroll in public universities and receive in-state tuition in some states.
In addition to the sit-ins and civil disobedience, FIRM members met with Members during scheduled and drop in visits. The FIRM participants came from 16 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
“Congress’ failure to find a solution and act now to protect DREAMers is unconscionable,” added Matos.