Sunday, October 26, 2014
North Carolina Dreamers to Hillary Clinton: Will You Stand With Our Parents and Demand President to Act?
Nine Dreamers from North Carolina confronted former Senator Hillary Clinton during a campaign speech for North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, demanding that she stand with parents of Dreamers and urge President Obama to provide deportation relief to millions without further delay.
Oliver Merino, a Dreamer from Charlotte and member of the Dream Organizing , issued the following statement,
“As a presidential hopeful in 2016, the Latino and immigrant communities need to know whether Hillary Clinton stands with our families or with the Deportation Party, one who has overseen more than 2 million deportations under President Obama. And unfortunately, she again refused to answer whether she supports the President using his executive authority to protect people like my mother, and the parents of Dreamers across the country, and we demand an answer.”
“Our message was clear: If Hillary Clinton hopes to be President, she must not use our families and our parents as pawns of a political game, but instead must do everything within her power to protect them. My mother sacrificed everything for me, and she shouldn’t have to continue living in perpetual fear of being torn from her family.”
“Moving forward, the President, with the support from Democratic leaders like Hillary Clinton, must act for our community in a significant way, by providing relief from deportation to millions of immigrants. In doing so, his action will define both parties for generations. Our families need leaders, and Hillary Clinton must take a stand.”
United We Dream is an immigrant youth-led organization made up of 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.