ICYMI: Immigrant Youth and Allies From Across the Country Demand Citizenship, Not Deportation in Week of Action

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Immigrant youth show members of Congress what it looks like to lead with actions, not just words.

Multiple – Over the last week, immigrant youth and allies from United We Dream Action and volunteers from United We Dream Action’s U Squad held actions in New York, Florida, New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Illinois with virtual actions in Idaho and Maryland. The actions were part of UWDA’s “Demand Citizenship, Not Deportation” Week of Action.

The week kicked off in Miami, FL; New York City; San Diego, CA.; and Phoenix, Arizona.  In New York City, Families for Freedom (FFF) and members of the immigrant community demanded that the Biden administration and Senate Democrats include a pathway to citizenship in their version of Build Back Better. 

That same day in Miami, immigrant youth and allies made their voices heard at an action in front of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse demanding that President Biden and Democrats in Congress keep their promise to protect their families and communities. 

Back in San Diego, U Squad volunteers joined the San Diego Dream Team and Justice Overcoming Boundaries for a rally at Senator Feinstein’s office to call on Feinstein to publicly come out in support of a pathway to citizenship through Build Back Better.

In Phoenix, immigrant youth and allies took action at the “Unite for Our Future Rally” in front of  the Arizona State Capitol to uplift the stories of those who will be impacted by the cuts in the reconciliation and demand that Senator Krysten Sinema stop serving her corporate donors and start representing the people of Arizona. 

On the same day, U Squad members in San Francisco took action at their “We are Undeniable Rally” demanding that the Biden administration and Congress deliver on citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. 

The next day in Chicago, U Squad members got together to write letters to Senator Durbin, who introduced the original DREAM Act, to tell him their stories and demand that he meet with them to discuss how he’ll push his colleagues in the Senate to finally deliver citizenship for millions.  

On November 14, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Maryland and immigrant youth in Maryland took action virtually with the “We are Undeniable” Virtual Letter Writing Action to their Senators to demand a pathway to citizenship. 

The final action is set to happen in Albuquerque on November 19 with a “No Citizenship, No Deal” rally where U Squad members will be using their voices to demand permanent protections from deportations and expulsions. 

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United We Dream Action is the leading national network fighting for dignity and justice led by immigrant youth and allies. We are a dynamic community of thousands of immigrant youth nationwide who build independent political power for those directly impacted by injustice. We organize and take action to win victories so that all people can be safe and thrive.