Powerful Day for Immigrant Rights as Senate Votes to Begin Debate on Reform and DREAMer Introduces President Obama


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 11, 2013Contact: For English language Media: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202-339-9331, 202-441-3798 (cell) For Spanish language Media: Ricardo Ramírez, rramirez@communitychange.org, 202-339-9371, 202-905-1738 (cell)

Immigration Rights Movement Will Continue Its Pressure on Congress to Vote for Reform Bill

(WASHINGTON)—Today was a powerful day for the immigrant rights movement as the Senate voted overwhelmingly 84-15 to begin debate on the reform bill just hours after DREAMer Tolu Olubunmi introduced President Obama before he addressed the importance of passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“We now hope the Senate will act quickly to pass a bill that includes a reasonable pathway to citizenship and ways to keep families together as undocumented immigrants work toward becoming full citizens,” said Kica Matos, spokesperson of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. “The skeptics about the prospects of reform have been wrong at every point.  They are at best underestimating and at worst ignoring the power we delivered last November. Make no mistake: we will continue to flex our political muscle on behalf of our families.  We urge every member of the House and Senate to support a solution that keeps our families together.”

The meaning of this debate for our families was highlighted eloquently today when Olubunmi introduced President Obama before his immigration address. Olubunmi was sent to the U.S. from her native Nigeria when she was 14 to achieve her dream of becoming a chemical engineer.

“I am here as a direct result of my father’s prayers and bold action by the President,” Olubunmi said. “Instead of living in fear and well below my abilities, I have the privilege of spending my days supporting efforts to achieve the more perfect union we all desire.”