Eight Chicago students were arrested Tuesday, July 20 along with at least 12 other students from other cities for holding sit-ins in the Washington, D.C. offices of five senators. The sit-ins were another in a long line of efforts to urge House and Senate members to sponsor the DREAM Act.
JCUA staffers and about 50 other immigrant rights advocates gathered in front of the downtown Chicago offices of the Illinois Republican Party yesterday (July 21) to rally support for the act, and to show support for the arrested students.
In the below video, Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and others share their thoughts on the urgency of new immigration legislation.
If passed, the DREAM Act would award “conditional permanent resident status” to undocumented immigrants who pursue college degrees or join the military. But without more congressional support, the DREAM will be lost amidst our country’s broken immigration system.
In 2009 JCUA launched the “We Were Strangers, Too” campaign for comprehensive immigration reform noting that at one point or another, we all were strangers to this country. JCUA has, and will continue support the push for comprehensive immigration reform.
(Watch JCUA video, “We Were Strangers, Too“)