Monday, July 7, 2014

Undocumented Youth Celebrate Their Patriotism in 4th Juy Parade

JULY 5, 2014
CONTACT: Moses Chege -Director of Policy & Advocacy- 253.632.6404
OAK HARBOR, WA – Yesterday afternoon, the Washington Dream Act Coalition (WDAC), a coalition of undocumented youth in the state, was invited to and marched in the Oak Harbor July 4th parade.
Dreamers marched in the Independence Day Parade, sporting t-shirts embezzled “Undocumented. Unafraid. Patriotic.” Sending a clear message that Dreamers and other Undocumented Americans are Americans in every way but on paper and deserve those same unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that this great country was founded upon.
Ray Corona, Executive Director of the coalition has this to say, “Most people did not know how to react after reading our shirts and banners. It can be very easy for people to have a negative reaction towards undocumented immigrants just based off what they hear in the news; but seeing actual undocumented people in front of them paints a different idea as to who this community is."
In the last month, WDAC has aggressively advocated and urged for the President to take executive action on immigration to stop the deportation of Dreamers’ parents and other deserving undocumented Americans. WDAC has been so successful in this effort that nearly every member of the Washington Democratic congressional delegation, including its most senior member, Sen. Murray, have joined Dreamers in calling on President Obama to take executive action, an announcement the President made this Tuesday.
Washington Dream Act Coalition is determined to hold the President accountable to his commitment to act unilaterally by demanding meaningful action that would expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Dreamers currently enjoy to their parents and family members.
The Washington Dream Act Coalition

WA Democratic Party calls on President Obama to STOP Deportations

June 21st, 2014
Contact: Moses Chege
Washington State Democratic Convention adopts resolution urging the President to expand deferred action program and halt unjust deportations separating immigrant families

SPOKANE, WA- During the Washington State Democratic Convention, the Party unanimously approved a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to use the full extent of his executive authority to stop the deportations of non-criminal immigrants, most especially the family members of U.S. Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and Dreamers. The resolution also called for an expansion of the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to immigrant families and deserving immigrants who would otherwise benefit from a comprehensive reform bill.

This bold action by the Washington State Democratic Party comes on the heels of a letter urging the President to take similar action co-authored by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, co-signed by 57 other members of congress, including all Democratic House members from Washington State.

Both efforts came as result of relentless advocacy from the Washington Dream Act Coalition (WDAC), a collective of undocumented youth in the state who recently won in-state financial aid eligibility but have clearly made a strong pivot to the record deportations putting them at risk of being separated from their DACA ineligible parents and family members.

Moses Chege, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the WDAC had this to say, “We’re encouraged to see that Washington Democrats are no longer accepting inaction from House Republicans, but are instead joining Dreamers to demand the President take immediate executive action to lift the threat of deportation from deserving families.”
Washington Dream Act Coalition


Friday, June 13, 2014

IMPORTANT UPDATE! 58 Members of Congress Urge President Obama to take Action on Immigration and STOP deportations

Yesterday all of WA State 6 Democratic Congress Members (Suzan Del Bene, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, and Denny Heck) signed onto a letter along with other 52 members of congress urging President Barack Obama to take executive action and stop deportations.

Senator Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are you next?