DACA Immigrant Youth Conduct Lobbying Blitz for the Dream Act — Visit 80 House Republican Offices in One Day!

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Say: “Our Lives Are In Danger, Reject the Anti-Immigrant Plans Being Pushed by Trump and Goodlatte — We Need the Dream Act Now!”


Washington, DC – Today, 150 immigrant youth from across the country took to Capitol Hill to visit the offices of Republicans in the House of Representatives.

When Trump killed DACA, he put the lives of millions of young people in immediate danger. Since then, over 17,000 have lost their protections from deportation and over 850 more become vulnerable to deportation agents every week. All told, millions today, who would qualify for the Dream Act have no protection from deportation today.

Now, Trump is holding the lives of these immigrant youth hostage unless the nation accepts their white supremacist plan to deport more immigrants, eliminate family based immigration and create barriers to keep many Black and brown immigrants out.

The young leaders of United We Dream visited many House Republicans to urge them to reject the Trump plan and pass a narrow and focused solution with wide bipartisan support: the Dream Act. The bill would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth without hurting other immigrants.

See photos on United We Dream’s Twitter.


Immigrant youth from states like Florida, Oregon, New York, Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, California, Tennessee, Idaho and more visited the offices of Representatives such as Mimi Walters (CA-45), Michael Simpson (ID-2), Erik Paulsen (MN-3), Ed Royce (CA-39), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Darrell Issa (CA-49), Daniel Donovan (NY-11), Tom Reed (NY-23), Chris Collins (NY-27), Paul Cook (CA-8) and more.


Nestor Gomez Jimenez, who would qualify for the Dream Act and resident of Brooklyn Park, MN, said:
“Today, I returned to Representative Paulsen’s office to ask him once more to take action that would protect his constituents, like me, from deportation. I grew up in Brooklyn Park all of my life and have always been involved in my community. I’ve even asked the Representative’s office to hold town halls so they could meet with the immigrant young people in his district who are now living in danger.
“His constituents are tired of waiting while Congress plays politics with our lives. We need Rep. Paulsen to get behind the Dream Act now if he’s serious about his support for us.”
Abril, who is from California and would qualify for the Dream Act, said:
“I talked to staff from Congresswoman Walter’s office. She needs to understand that the Trump plan would hurt immigrant families. I currently live in California where 230,000 individuals out of 800,000 are DACA beneficiaries. Since I have DACA, passing the Dream Act would give me the opportunity to continue my education and become a dentist.”

Today, children of illegal immigrants visited the offices of:

Rep. Scott Taylor (VA-2)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4)
Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-3)
Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45)
Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-7)
Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Rep. Michael Simpson (ID-2)
Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-2)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-3)
Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3)
Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
Rep. Daniel Donovan (NY-11)
Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23)
Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3)
Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8)
Rep. David Joyce (OH-14)
Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-8)
Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17)
Rep. Greg Walden (OR-2)
Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-7)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5)
Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12)
Rep. Michael Turner (OH-10)
Rep. David Trott (MI-11)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)
Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18)
Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18)
Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16)
Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-6)
Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-2)
Rep. David Young (IA-3)
Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter (GA-1)
Rep. Evan Jenkins (WV-3)
Rep. Roger Marshall (KS-1)
Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50)
Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-7)
Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-8)
Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5)
Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Rep. George Holding (NC-02)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Rep. Ted Budd (NC-13)
Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Rep. Patrick McHenry NC-10)
Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-01)
Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03)
Rep. Tom Graves (GA-14)
Rep. Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
Rep. Vern Buchanan FL-16)
Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01)
Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15)
Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01)
Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-11)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3)
Rep. David Kustoff (TN-8)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
Rep. French Hill (AR-2)

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants

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 Judge Orders Mueller To Prove  Russia Meddled In Election 

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich

A Washington federal judge on Thursday ordered special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to clarify election meddling claims lodged against a Russian company operated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg.

Concord Management and Consulting, LLC. – one of three businesses indicted by Mueller in February along with 13 individuals for election meddling, surprised the special counsel in April when they actually showed up in court to fight the charges. Mueller’s team tried to delay Concord from entering the case, arguing that thee Russian company not been properly served, however Judge Dabney Friedrich denied the request – effectively telling prosecutors ‘well, they’re here.’

Concord was accused in the indictment of supporting the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian ‘troll farm’ accused of trying to influence the 2016 US election.

On Thursday, Judge Freidrich asked Mueller’s prosecutors if she should assume they aren’t accusing Concord of violating US laws applicable to election expenditures and failure to register as a foreign agent.

Concord has asked Dabney to throw out the charges – claiming that Mueller’s office fabricated a crime, and that there is no law against interfering in elections.

According to the judge’s request for clarification, the Justice Department has argued that it doesn’t have to show that Concord had a legal duty to report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Rather, the allegation is that the company knowingly engaged in deceptive acts that precluded the FEC, or the Justice Department, from ascertaining whether they had broken the law. -Bloomberg

On Monday, Friedrich raised questions over whether the special counsel’s office could prove a key element of their case – saying that it was “hard to see” how allegations of Russian influence were intended to interfere with US government operations vs. simply “confusing voters,” reports law.com.

During a 90-minute hearing, Friedrich questioned prosecutor Jonathan Kravis about how the government would be able to show the Russian defendants were aware of the Justice Department and FEC’s functions and then deliberately sought to skirt them.

“You still have to show knowledge of the agencies and what they do. How do you do that?” Friedrich asked.

Kravis, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, argued that the government needed only to show that Concord Management and the other defendants were generally aware that the U.S. government “regulates and monitors” foreign participation in American politics. That awareness, Kravis said, could be inferred from the Russians’ alleged creation of fake social media accounts that appeared to be run by U.S. citizens and “computer infrastructure” intended to mask the Russian origin of the influence operation.

“That is deception that is directed at a higher level,” Kravis said. Kravis appeared in court with Michael Dreeben, a top Justice Department appellate lawyer on detail to the special counsel’s office. -law.com

Concord pleaded not guilty in May. Their attorney, Eric Dubelier – a partner at Reed Smith, has described the election meddling charges as “make believe,” arguing on Monday that Mueller’s indictment against Concord “doesn’t charge a crime.”

“There is no statute of interfering with an election. There just isn’t,” said Dubelier, who added that Mueller’s office alleged a “made-up crime to fit the facts they have.”

Dubelier added that the case against Concord Management is the first in US history “where anyone has ever been charged with defrauding the Justice Department” through their failure to register under FARA.

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