For Immediate Release: May 14, 2021
Statement on DACA Recipients Meeting with President Biden
Washington, DC – In another sign of the positive prospects of immigration legislation this year, DACA recipients met with President Biden earlier today. In response Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director for the We Are Home Campaign issued the following statement:
“Immigrant youth have been at the forefront of the struggle for immigration reform, for them to have this historic moment and first meeting with President Biden is a powerful symbol, and an opportunity to remind him of his promise to them and our movement. Astou, Esmeralda, Karen, Leydy, New and Maria are representative of the spirit, grit and strength of the immigrant community. And they represent their families and American communities across the country where the need for permanent legal status goes beyond DACA holders to other Dreamers, TPS and DED holders, farmworkers, essential workers and our neighbors and friends who are undocumented.
While we are glad President Biden is meeting with these leaders, it is important to remember that our campaign ultimately will measure this moment not by words, meetings, or access, but by concrete actions that provide citizenship for DACA recipients, their families, and other community members. DACA is still under imminent threat, and only a pathway to citizenship, with no enforcement harms, can provide the peace of mind immigrant youth and their families need. There has never been a more urgent time to pass a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS holders, farmworkers, and all essential workers. We look forward to working with the Biden Administration to enact just and fair immigration legislation this year.”
We Are Home is a nationwide campaign to fight for immigrant communities on three fronts: prioritizing and demanding a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; a moratorium and overhaul of interior enforcement; and broad affirmative relief from deportation. We Are Home is co-chaired by Community Change/Community Change Action; National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)/Care in Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); United Farm Workers/UFW Foundation; and United We Dream.