President calling for immediate release of the DREAM 30
Stand in solidarity with nearly 2 million undocumented community members
"As President of Prescott College, an institution dedicated to social justice, I support the immediate release of the 25 undocumented youth who are currently being detained by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the El Paso Detention Center. "
As President of Prescott College, an institution dedicated to social justice, I support the immediate release of the 25 undocumented youth who are currently being detained by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the El Paso Detention Center. On September 30th, 34 undocumented youth who have spent significant portions of their lives living in the U.S. re-entered the United States at the border crossing in Laredo, Texas. These young people, known as the DREAM 30, took this action to return to their communities and also to stand in solidarity with the nearly 2 million undocumented community members deported under the Obama administration as Congress begins to address problems with our obsolete immigration policy. Wearing their caps and gowns, the DREAM 30 participated in this act of civil disobedience to stake their claim in the pursuit of an education and the American Dream.
In July of 2013, the DREAM 9 took similar action as means of drawing attention to the unprecedented number of deportations executed under the Obama administration. They were successfully granted the right to return home to their families, yet this was one victory in the prolonged struggle ahead to gain citizenship through political asylum. The fact that the DREAM 9 were released on discretion exemplifies the Obama administration’s power in the current situation.
All 34 DREAMers would be eligible for the DREAM Act path to citizenship currently being considered as part of the immigration overhaul pending in Congress.
This movement seeks a humanitarian parole policy that would reunite families and put an end to the deportation of our students, parishioners, friends, and family members. In addition to recent direct actions taken to physically stop deportations, these acts of civil disobedience draw national attention at a time when the focus is on comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.
I urge you to release them immediately to their families and not deport them for this act of civil disobedience.
Kristin Kristin R. Woolever
President Prescott College
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86305