Immigration justice means more to me than getting papers. It is about my ability to provide for myself and my family. I have fought for immigration justice throughout my career because securing permanent status for immigrants in the United States means entering the labor market, accessing healthcare, and even things as seemingly small as getting a driver’s license.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enabled me to pursue higher education and get the lifesaving and necessary gender-affirming healthcare to live authentically and unapologetically as a transgender woman. For me, and thousands of other transgender and queer immigrants, deportation leads to a death sentence.
Now is the time to pass a clean Dream Act and once and for all to provide permanent protection for young people who have never known any home other than the United States.
This week, there are thousands of people mobilizing around the U.S. supporting the passage of a clean Dream Act. Can I count on you to call your Senators and support the mobilizations happening nationwide?
DACA allowed Dreamers like me to pursue our passions in the United States with the assurance and safety that our future could not be torn away. Join me in making sure elected officials will not compromise the survival and wellbeing of the 75,000 transgender and queer immigrants who will benefit from the passage of a clean Dream Act. All 800,000 young undocumented immigrants deserve stability and a humane pathway to citizenship.
The power of community and solidarity has helped thousands of undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows. Show your support for a clean Dream Act and call your Senators today.
Co-Vice Board Chair
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