Friday, December 8th, 2017

Shanta Farrington, United for a New Economy, 720-212-1221

United for a New Economy (UNE) Leaders Join Thousands Of Immigrant Rights Activists in Washington, D.C. Demanding Passage of Clean Dream Act & Permanent Residency Status For TPS Holders

UNE went in solidarity Colorado delegation to join in immigration national day of action

Colorado & Washington DC — On December 6th, leaders and staff of United for a New Economy (UNE) joined a Colorado delegation of immigrant rights activists in Washington, DC, calling on Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act and permanent residency for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.

The group started the day meeting with Colorado Congress representatives where they had meaningful conversations on what it would mean to support a Clean Dream Act and the urgency for protected TPS status. For Pamela Resendiz Trujano, UNE Deputy Director, it’s a pressing issue and even took part in what’s coined one of the largest mass civil disobedience arrests in the immigration fight.

Trujano said, “… I feel the urgency to risk arrest for my siblings who benefit from TPS, for the undocumented workers who have been forced to migrate to find work and survive at jobs that don’t value their dignity, for the trans folxs in detention who continue to be attacked by a system that is killing them, and for my community who is resilient and unapologetic in reclaiming their humanity.”

Locally in Colorado, solidarity actions were held all week from members of the Colorado Rapid Response (CoRRN), including:  Mi Familia Vota, SEIU local 105, The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, AJUA (Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción), the Northern Colorado Dreamers United, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Colorado People’s Alliance, 9to5 Colorado.

By passing the Dream Act and saving TPS families, Congress will protect millions from deportation and ensure they can live their lives and thrive. The Dream Act would create a pathway to citizenship for two million immigrants, it is bipartisan and supported by most Americans.

In a time where tensions are high for immigrants across the nation and TPS holders, UNE leaders felt the call to stand up and take action. As UNE leader, Fabian Ibarra said, “This moment mattered because it showed that we can come together and fight for one cause and that people power can and does work…actions we take today, can directly impact the changes made tomorrow.”

The Colorado Rapid Response Network continues to encourage people to call the 24-hour hotline 1-877-UNITE-41 if you are targeted by ICE or if you are witnessing ICE at courts or in the streets.