Protesters Demand Congress Pass the DREAM Act    ... 1 of 8 > 
Dec. 6, 2017 - Several thousand immigrants and supporters rallied on Capitol Hill, demanding that Congress pass the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act).  Organizers reported that more than 70 buses brought protesters from 21 states (+).  After listening to leaders and activists speak in Senate Park, the group crossed Constitution Ave. to the U.S. Capitol, where some engaged in a civil disobedience action, occupying the Senate steps.  This led to the arrest of 182 people, including U.S. Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Judy Chu (D-IL).  There is sense of urgency in immigrant communities after the Trump Administration announced on Sept. 5, 2017 that it will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhoold Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, affecting almost 800,000 young people.  The administration has also announced it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from Sudan, Nicaragua and Haiti.  FIRM (a project of the Center for Community Change), CASA/Casa in Action, SEIU and United We Dream organized the "Rally to Defend Our Immigrant Families."

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