As the fight for our DACA youth continues, I wanted you to hear from one of our leaders on the front lines. OneAmerica leader and DACA recipient Perla is in D.C., where hundreds of protesters are blocking the halls of Congress.
Perla decided to take the ultimate risk – to come out of the shadows with her status and demand change, even at the risk of being targeted for deportation.
“I wasn’t planning on getting arrested,” Perla said. “When we were doing the sit-in at the Senator’s office, we all shared our stories. Then the police came. They were being rude to us. Seeing the way we were treated brought back so many memories of how our communities have been treated over the years. I realized I had to take a stand.”
“This is the final push for Congress to make a decision. It’s either now or never. I was really scared at first, but I decided, “If I don’t do it, no one else will.”
With your support and brave leaders like Perla, OneAmerica won’t stop fighting. Your contributions allowed OneAmerica to support undocumented youth and families in the aftermath of the decision to rescind DACA, helping our communities to know their rights, elevating their stories and taking action across the State.
We are making progress. We convinced U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse from Yakima to lead 16 congressional Republicans to demand action on a permanent pathway to citizenship from Dreamers this year.
We won’t stop until Congress passes a Clean DREAM Act that leaves no family behind.
“Every day that passes is a day less that I have with DACA. If the DREAM Act isn’t part of the spending bill, more and more of my friends and family will be subject to deportation. I’m not only fighting for myself. I’m fighting for all of our communities.”
Your support fuels our work to keep up the fight. It means the world to Perla, and to us.
OneAmerica is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power within immigrant communities.