DACA Supporters Express Solidarity with All Immigrants Targeted by Trump

Posted Sept. 20, 2017

MP3 Excerpts of speeches by DACA recipient Eric Cruz Lopez and immigration attorney Joanne Lewis at a recent DACA hearing, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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On Sept. 11, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sponsored an emergency field hearing on immigration issues at the New Haven church where Marco Antonio Reyes had taken sanctuary for more than six weeks, since he was ordered deported to his native Ecuador. Blumenthal said such hearings can’t be held in Washington, D.C. under the Republican congressional leadership, but he hoped to take the stories he heard back to Congress to bolster efforts to pass the Dream Act that would allow undocumented youth to work or attend school legally in the U.S. and put them on a path to citizenship. Before the hearing, President Trump had rescinded Barack Obama's executive order known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that would take effect in six months, declaring that Congress can use that time to pass legislation allowing these undocumented young people to remain in the U.S.

Individuals facing deportation and their family members spoke at the hearing, representing many countries, including South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Albania and Ecuador. Others, including a U.S.-born citizen who was the son of immigrants, spoke and said that an attack on any of them is an attack on him. Three immigration lawyers also spoke at the hearing, describing some of the challenges undocumented immigrants face.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus attended the field hearing and brings us excerpts from two of the speakers. We first hear from Eric Cruz Lopez, a community organizer and programming coordinator with the group Connecticut Students for a Dream. He spoke against the common representation of Dreamers as being brought illegally to the U.S. through no fault of their own. The other speaker was immigration attorney Joanne Lewis.

For more information, visit Connecticut Students For a Dream at ct4adream.org; United We Dream at unitedwedream.org; Unidad Latina en Acción at ulanewhaven.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/ULANewHaven.

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