Merely days after President Obama announced that he will grant a two-year reprieve to undocumented immigrants under the age of 30, over 100 potential recipients took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to fight against the new policy. According to Fox News, 250 undocumented youth from the group often referred to in the media as DREAMers, gathered outside of the nation’s Capitol to urge the president to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM Act.
Marisol Conde Hernández of the New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition, and a 25-year-old undocumented immigrant, told the source that she wasn’t surprised that so many young immigrants gathered to voice their disinterest in the new immigration bill.
“The only thing that can fix this is national legislation – not temporary stop gap measures,” she said. “It’s really symbolic, and we still don’t know how it’s going to be implemented.”
The issue has been in the forefront of the minds of undocumented youth for several years. According to the source, the individuals marching held up signs such as “Down, Down, Down with Deportation, Up, Up, Up with Education,” as well as “This is My Home.” Many of the supporters of the bill were brought to the United States when they were too young to make their own decisions, and feel more connected with the United States than their birthplace, despite the fact that they do not have legal U.S. citizenship like most of their peers.
According to Bloomberg, 64 percent of voters agree with President Obama’s decision to grant the young immigrants a temporary break and 30 percent said they were dissatisfied with his choice.