Washington, D.C. – Today, immigrant youth of United We Dream Action announced their first round of 2020 endorsements for eleven congressional champions. These candidates have proven themselves to be true leaders in protecting immigrant youth and our entire communities.
In 2018, immigrant youth and allies of United We Dream Action endorsed candidates, ran ads and knocked on doors to make the voices of our community heard and in the 2020 election cycle, our voices will be heard even louder.
First Members of the United We Dream Action 2020 Endorsement Class
Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)
Chuy Garcia (IL-04)
Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)
Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)
Ilhan Omar (MN-05)
Deb Haaland (NM-01)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-07)
Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
On immigration, immigrant youth and progressive organizations have created the “Free To Move, and Free To Stay” platform to shape the future of immigration policy. Every elected official must reject the Trump push to grow ICE and CBP whose sole purpose is to terrorize immigrants and refugees. And over the coming months, United We Dream Action will unveil a multi-issue platform to guide the national debate.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, DACA Recipient and Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream Action, said:
“Today, immigrant youth of United We Dream Action are proud to announce the first members of our 2020 endorsement class!
As the next election approaches, United We Dream Action members will get behind candidates like these, with proven voting records and leadership which points the nation in a new direction to protect immigrants, dismantle the deportation force and advance a wide range of core issues impacting our communities.
United We Dream Action members and our families and friends are being hunted, abducted and disappeared by Trump and his white supremacist agents. We will endorse the candidates we believe will stop this horror and build a new and bright future.
In just two months, the Supreme Court will hear Trump’s case to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects me and hundreds of thousands of other immigrant young people. We must defend DACA but the immigrant youth of United We Dream Action want candidates to know that our entire communities need protection. That means going beyond simply supporting DACA recipients. We need champions who will get behind an overhaul of the Deportation Force, and get behind policies that protect people without hurting people. We will assess candidates on their ability to deliver that protection.
We will knock on doors, make phone calls, run ads, get in the news and mobilize young and low propensity voters across the country to ensure all people can live in a country where immigrants and people of color live and thrive without fear of being separated from their families, free from gun violence, with the freedom to exist without policing and murders by police and with the certainty that we can live to see another day and save our communities and the planet from the impact of climate change.”