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WASHINGTON, DC — Dreamers who are part of a 140-member delegation to Capitol Hill from
across the nation will be joined at a news conference by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, American
Jewish Community, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Jewish Community Relations
Council (JCRC) of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs
(JCPA). The Dreamers’ trip during this critical week for the DREAM Act is sponsored by the
Hispanic Federation and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
The goal of the push on Capitol Hill is to convince Congress to pass this week emergency
legislation for the almost 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients
whose permits are expiring daily. Immigrants’ rights advocates also call for relief for refugees
who face uncertain and perilous futures because of the anti-immigration debate.
While on Capitol Hill through Friday, the Dreamers from California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington, D.C., will be
delivering letters and visiting offices of members of Congress, attend a vigil and be available for
news media interviews. With the must-pass government funding bill scheduled to expire this
Friday, Dreamers and their advocates, including members of Congress in both parties, strongly
support passing the DREAM Act this week.
Please join the news conference Wednesday, January 17, at 1 PM at the House Triangle.
WHAT: NATIONAL LATINO GROUPS TEAM UP WITH JEWISH AND CATHOLIC FAITH
LEADERS TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND REFUGEES
Monica Sibri, LULAC, Brooklyn, New York
Jose Trujillo, President of Texas A&M LULAC, Dallas, Texas
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ
Rabbi David Cohen, spiritual leader of Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee, WI
Elana Kahn, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Richard Foltin, director of National and Legislative Affairs for AJC
Tammy Gilden, Sr. Policy Associate for Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)
Laura Esquivel, director of national advocacy for Hispanic Federation
Roger C. Rocha, Jr., president of LULAC
Darryl Morin, LULAC
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1 PM
WHERE: HOUSE TRIANGLE, CAPITOL HILL – (In case of inclement weather, the press
conference will be held at United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave N.E., Washington, DC
HASHTAGS: #ProtectTPS #DreamActNow #CleanDreamAct #IStandWithImmigrants
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