Join SA Current Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

San Antonians Holding Vigil Tonight for Passage of the DREAM Act

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 4:43 PM

LYANNE A. GUARECUCO
  • Lyanne A. Guarecuco
Congress is now two days away from the deadline to pass a spending bill to keep the government running. Currently, that bill has earmarked $1.6 billion to fund the first installation of President Donald Trump's border wall. Using the tight deadline as leverage, some lawmakers have said they won't vote on the bill unless it cuts the border wall funding and includes a "clean" DREAM Act — a measure guaranteeing children of undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.

Undocumented immigrants and immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, a temporary version of the DREAM Act that was cut by President Donald Trump in September) status have flooded Capitol Hill to demand their representatives follow suit.



That includes three San Antonio DACA recipients, who met with Congressman Joaquin Castro in his D.C. office to share their stories Wednesday morning. It also includes the seven DACA recipients who were arrested Friday during sit-ins at the offices of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Congressman Carlos Curbelo. The group has refused to give their names to D.C. police and have been on a hunger strike since their request.

On Wednesday evening, San Antonians will hold a vigil to show their support of both the seven in custody, their fellow San Antonians at the Capitol, and the other 2 million immigrants who immigrated to the country before the age of 16 who'd be protected under the proposed DREAM Act.

"Undocumented immigrants and refugees need to know that they have our support," said Barbie Hurtado, a member of the Texas Refugee and Immigrant Network (TRAIN), who's organized the Wednesday event.

A DACA recipient and several undocumented immigrants will speak at the 7 p.m. vigil to be held at San Antonio's Main Plaza.

Congressman Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett have already sworn not to vote on a spending bill that doesn't include the DREAM Act, but other San Antonio lawmakers have remained silent on the issue. In a Tuesday, Dec. 12 editorial in the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldaña asked Congressman Will Hurd (a Republican whose immense district includes south San Antonio and a huge chunk of the borderlands) to support the bipartisan movement.

"You must join with your Republican colleagues and congressional Democrats to pass a clean DREAM Act," wrote Saldaña. "Something can be done, but time is quickly running out."

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Related Locations

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 20, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation