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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Tell Pres. Obama: I Stand With DREAMers

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

The Obama Administration says it will stop deporting DREAMers

This is great news, but let's stand together to hold them accountable

Dear Presente.org member,

This is huge! The President just announced that he's going to stop deporting us DREAMers. We've heard promises like this before. Now, we need to make this promise real. Tell President Obama and the world that you will be watching to make sure to not one more DREAMer gets deported.

http://act.presente.org/sign/withdreamers

Presente.org members have been pushing for action from the President like this for a long time. It was two years ago, with Presente.org and the Trail of DREAMs that I walked 1,500 miles from Miami to Washington D.C. to demand action on the DREAM Act. On the trail, I met hundreds of inspiring undocumented youth, like a young woman in North Carolina who wanted to go to medical school, or the hundreds of high school kids who walked with us in Orlando. All joined the DREAM movement then, and like myself, all haven't stopped fighting for a moment.

Since then, the pressure from DREAMers has been too much for President Obama to bear without doing something. Through the Right to Dream campaign, through actions in Obama campaign offices, through the cover of TIME magazine, we've demanded action from the President, and we've finally built enough power, in part through the growing Latino vote, to get it.

It would be easy to stop here and celebrate the President's words, but we're 1.2 million deportations past words at this point. We have to send the country a message that while we appreciate the President's announcement today, we won't stop fighting for change until we see it.

That's why I need you to tell the President, Congress and other leaders in this nation that you stand with me, and millions of undocumented people who have become Americans, even if we don't have papers that recognize us as such. If you tell them that you stand with us, you'll be sending a message, and that you'll continue to fight against every deportation. Tell them, now, and tell all your friends to do the same:

http://act.presente.org/sign/withdreamers

We got here because we fought, and we didn't stop fighting. This is a huge moment that we can mark by telling the President that we stand with DREAMers, and that we are watching.

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Gaby, Felipe, Juan, Erika, Jesus, Carlos from the Trail of DREAMs and the rest of the Presente.org Team

References:

1. "Obama to Stop deporting DREAM-Eligible Youth, Protecting 1 Million Undocumented Students." Think Progress. 06/15/2012.
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/15/500227/obama-to-protect-undocumented-students/

2. "Trail of DREAMS."
http://trail2010.org/

3. "Right To DREAM: A United We DREAM Campaign."
http://unitedwedream.org/right-to-dream/

4. "More Obama Campaign Office Occupations Begin Today." National Immigrant Youth Alliance. 06/14/2012.
http://theniya.org/for-immediate-release-more-obama-campaign-office-occupations-begin-today/

5. "Cover of TIME: #WEAREAMERICANS." Define American. 06/14/2012.
http://www.defineamerican.com/blog/post/time-weareamericans/