College presidents call for DREAM Act vote: ‘These young people belong here’

The presidents of George Mason University, Georgetown University, Montgomery College, and Northern Virginia Community College have penned a joint op-ed calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect undocumented immigrant youth and students, writing that “we believe, as presidents of colleges and universities, it is imperative that we protect these young people through the passage of the DREAM Act…we cannot ignore the joy they bring to our communities and the degree to which we are strengthened by their presence”:

They have grown up here in America. They’ve gone to grade school, middle school and high school with our children. They are student body presidents, medical students and doctoral candidates. Some serve in high school ROTC and volunteer in their churches. Others help single parents raising younger siblings and tutor their peers as they prepare for college. They are members of our communities.  They have done all the things

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Congressman Johnson: Pass the DREAM Act for future doctors like Cinthya

The dreams of Atlanta teen Cinthya Moran, who is dually enrolled in high school and college classes, stand to get derailed if Congress does not move on a passing the bipartisan DREAM Act, Congressman Hank Johnson writes. An estimated 100 DACA recipients are enrolled in medical schools around the country—including Denisse Rojas, who recently addressed Congress—and Cinthya is striving to join them:

As an aspiring cardiovascular surgeon, Cinthya took her studies seriously – accumulating a 3.8 GPA by staying up nights and studying – pushing herself to work twice as hard.

But now her dreams of becoming a doctor could be shattered forever.

That’s because Cinthya is one of about 800,000 DREAMers nationwide – young children brought to this country by their parents.

Thanks to President Trump’s craven decision to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or DACA, Cinthya’s contributions and those of hundreds of

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Trump took the healthcare system hostage, now he has ransom demands

Having taken health care hostage, Donald Trump isn’t about to surrender that hostage without getting the ransom that he wants. Trump has pulled every lever available, by both executive order and regulatory ruling, to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and put the lives of millions of Americans in jeopardy. He followed his assault with a demand that Congress solve the issue, or else.

Deliberately denying health care to citizens, especially working class citizens who depend on the ACA may seem cruel. Because it is. But Trump is called to a higher purpose: Destroying everything ever touched by Barack Obama. In the service of that goal, he’s not about to accept a solution that leaves anything of the existing system intact, not unless he collects some solid payola.

President Donald Trump will oppose any congressional attempts to reinstate funding for Obamacare subsidies — unless he gets something in return, his budget

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Biden slams New Jersey Republican’s bullcrap anti-immigrant ad: ‘The return of Willie Horton’

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Another day, another Republican gubernatorial candidate resorting to using bullshit, Willie Horton-style ads to whip up anti-immigrant frenzy and make up for lagging polling numbers. But this time it’s not Corey Stewart clone Ed Gillespie in Virginia, it’s Kim Guadagno in New Jersey:

Guadagno just released a TV ad that accuses [Democratic opponent] Phil Murphy of sympathizing with the gang of notorious murderers who shot down four college students in a Newark schoolyard a decade ago, clipping a video in which Murphy says, “My bias is going to be having their back.” One problem: Murphy was not talking about the murderers.

Guadagno clipped a quote from a town hall where Murphy was referencing not “bad hombres,” but Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants at risk of being swept up by anti-immigrant policies—ones championed by Guadagno—despite having no criminal record. Former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning for Murphy, called

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Biden slams New Jersey Republican’s bullcrap anti-immigrant ad: ‘The return of Willie Horton’

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Another day, another Republican gubernatorial candidate resorting to using bullshit, Willie Horton-style ads to whip up anti-immigrant frenzy and make up for lagging polling numbers. But this time it’s not Corey Stewart clone Ed Gillespie in Virginia, it’s Kim Guadagno in New Jersey:

Guadagno just released a TV ad that accuses [Democratic opponent] Phil Murphy of sympathizing with the gang of notorious murderers who shot down four college students in a Newark schoolyard a decade ago, clipping a video in which Murphy says, “My bias is going to be having their back.” One problem: Murphy was not talking about the murderers.

Guadagno clipped a quote from a town hall where Murphy was referencing not “bad hombres,” but Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants at risk of being swept up by anti-immigrant policies—ones championed by Guadagno—despite having no criminal record. Former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning for Murphy, called

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Trump says he may extend DACA deadline, but what immigrant youth need is the DREAM Act

A Republican senator says that Donald Trump told him during a phone conversation last month that if Congress isn’t able to pass a legislative solution for DACA youth by his March 5, 2018 deadline, he’ll consider extending it. But, this is just playing with the lives of undocumented immigrant youth because he’s basically talking about extending a program he’s already rescinded. DACA youth can’t renew their status anymore because of the arbitrary October 5 deadline. New DACA-eligible youth aren’t being accepted into the program anymore, either. Many have already been losing their DACA protections:

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Trump told him he was willing to “give it some more time” to allow lawmakers to find a solution for “dreamers,” unauthorized immigrants brought to this country as children, if Congress does not pass legislation extending protections before time is up.

“The president’s comment to me was that, ‘We put a six-month deadline out there. Let’s work it out.

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United We Dream leader Cristina Jiménez wins prestigious MacArthur ‘genius grant’

Cristina Jiménez, a United We Dream co-founder, immigrant rights advocate, and a pivotal figure in the people power push to enact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, has been announced as one of 2017’s MacArthur Genius Fellows, a prestigious “distinction that comes with a $625,000 grant … annually bequeathed to exceptional and inspirational Americans,” like previous recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Jimenez came to the U.S. when she was just 13, and along with the relentless youth and activists from United We Dream, transformed the narrative around undocumented immigrants in the United States with their personal stories and activism. For Jimenez and undocumented immigrant youth, it’s never been about politics. It’s been about fighting for justice for families.

“Regardless of what Trump or anyone has to say, this award recognizes our courage, our sacrifices of the community, our humanity, and that this is our home,” Jiménez said. “This award

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