Ever since Trump announced his decision to end the DACA program, which gave legal status to previously undocumented young people who came to this country as children, hundreds of thousands have been living in fear and uncertainty. Young adults who’ve never known another home could be at risk of deportation as soon as spring.
We’ve been fighting back through the Sanctuary Homes campaign, because at Hand in Hand we know that many domestic workers are immigrants, and we depend on one another to make our lives possible.
The next six weeks are our best chance to get Congress to pass legislation—the DREAM Act—to protect young people with DACA and, hopefully, their families and other immigrants and refugees. To get a ‘clean’ DREAM ACT - meaning legislation that doesn’t include increased militarization of the border or funding for a border wall, we need EVERYONE to support.
Please join recent MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Cristina Jimenez, Founder and Director of United We Dream, for a webinar about DACA, the fight for a clean DREAM ACT, and how you can get involved to fight for a country where everyone belongs.
(And sign up even if you can’t make it. We’ll send you the recording and resources.)
We’ll be talking about how to discuss DACA, the DREAM Act, and sanctuary at your Thanksgiving table. You can be a leader at your holiday table, and we have the tools to help you. We’ll turn our gratitude for family, security, and country, into action to ensure all people have these things.
If you haven't heard about About Cristina Jimenez yet, you will soon. Here's a brief excerpt of her bio:
Cristina Jiménez is Executive Director and Co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. Growing up, Cristina always knew she was undocumented. When she was 13, her parents risked everything and fled poverty in Ecuador to give her family a better life here. As an undocumented young person, Cristina and her family experienced poverty, abuse by police, wage theft from employers and fear of deportation.
Cristina was instrumental in organizing the successful national campaign that led to the creation and implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA) under President Obama. UWD has grown to a powerful network of 48 affiliates in 26 states and over 400,000 members.
In October 2017, Cristina was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, also known as a “genius grant,” one of the highest and most prestigious honors that creative leaders can receive in the United States. In 2014, she was named to Forbes’s “30 under 30 in Law and Policy;” She has also been named one of “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who are Solving Problems of Today and Tomorrow” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy; and one of “50 Fearless Women” by Cosmopolitan.
There's no better person to inspire and lead us through the next six weeks. RSVP here today to join our conversation with Cristina.
Whether you love or hate the holiday season, there’s no doubt that you can make it especially meaningful this year.