North Texans Pushing For Dream Act in DC

NBC DFW 
January 17, 2018
Meredith Yeomans 
Original Article

As Friday's critical deadline looms, more than a dozen North Texans are in Washington working to convince lawmakers to take a stand.

They want them to refuse to vote on a spending bill, unless there's a deal to help the 700,000 Dreamers protected by the DACA program, which is set to expire in March.

 



Dallas resident Nick Hernandez recorded video of a protest on Capitol Hill on Wednesday by a Jewish organization called “Bend the Arc.”

Demonstrators sat inside the rotunda at the Russell Senate Office Building and chanted "let my people stay.” Some wore armbands that read "Jews for dreamers".

Capitol Hill police detained the demonstrators and led them away without any incidents.

Thousands of people from across the country are in Washington pushing for a dream act.

Twenty made the trip from North Texas.

They're plan is to meet with as many lawmakers as possible before Friday.

NBC 5 spoke via Skype with Hernandez and Sandra Avalos, a DACA recipient from Dallas who says she wants lawmakers to see the faces of those who are impacted.

“The fight, fighting it together within itself it gives us power, it gives us empowerment to make sure that whatever comes we're going to continue to push,” Avalos said.

Many democrats have said they will not vote on the spending bill unless an immigration deal comes with it meaning, the ongoing battle over immigration could be the issue that causes the government to shutdown.