Immigrant youth celebrate their power in beating Trump, and set their eyes on Biden to deliver protections for their communities.
Washington, D.C. – The people decided and they voted Trump out! This election, immigrant young people from across the country came together to mobilize voters in historic numbers and together, we did it! Today’s victory is a testament to the power of immigrant youth who put in countless hours of work to proactively engage voters in key battleground states to vote Trump and his Republican allies out of office.
Immigrant communities have experienced the trauma and pain of these last four years under Trump and refused to stay silent, despite his attempts to suppress voters and sow distrust about the integrity of this election.
Now, the Biden-Harris administration has a mandate from youth, Latinx and Black voters to deliver on bold, progressive solutions that drove these voters to the polls. Biden-Harris must put forth immediate protections for all immigrant communities, which includes reinstating and expanding DACA and TPS; enacting a moratorium on deportations and detentions, releasing our people from detention camps; defunding ICE, CBP, and the police; and including all immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, in critical COVID-19 relief.
Today’s victory is just the beginning.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream Action and DACA recipient, said:
“We did it! We beat Trump and we dealt white supremacy its first strike. The record turnout from young voters of color, Latinx voters, and first-time voters shows that our power is undeniable. We are the rising and growing majority of this country that demands to be heard. Our vision of a better, more just country is what defeated Trump. Together, we rejected their white supremacist agenda and attempts to harm us, deport us, and silence our voices.
This is just the beginning of many victories to come that will be by and for our people. We won’t wait for Biden to take action. With our voices at the forefront, we will make sure the Biden administration recognizes our power. We’re pushing forth bold, progressive demands and getting loud about the protections our people need and won’t wait for. We’re telling Biden to step up to the plate because immigrant youth have shown that we are capable of anything we set our minds to.”
Bella D’Alacio, first-time voter and member of United We Dream Action, said:
“This election was my first time voting and like many others like me, I was fighting to protect immigrant communities who have been subject to Trump’s cruel and racist policies these past four years. I also voted for a country where young people do not have to live in fear of getting shot or their loved ones getting shot, where climate change is real and we fight to enact a Green New Deal, and I voted for a country where Black people can live and breathe without fear.
This is what other young people voted for too and what we will fight for during this next administration. We are ready to build a future that is worthy of our wildest dreams.”