Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dreamer protesters arrested on Capitol Hill

Dreamer protesters arrested on Capitol Hill

Protesters filled the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building with a sea of orange shirts, with hundreds more lining several floors of balconies that ring the space.

"Sí se puede. Sí se puede".

The demonstration in Winston-Salem coincided with college students in Washington, D.C., visiting the offices of congressional members, including U.S. Sens.

Almost two dozen House Republicans on Thursday pressed Speaker Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation that would protect the DACA participants. But the Republican leadership - now consumed with plans to cut taxes - has said no vote is likely before January.

Bruna Bouhid, the national communications director at United We Dream, a nonpartisan immigrant youth-led organization, said it is an insult that Ryan sees no urgency in passing legislation.

A Tisch senior who preferred to remain anonymous due to the fact that they were missing class said they think the United States needs to do a better job of protecting immigrants.

On Wednesday, a group of 25 Democrats said they would not vote on any spending bills until Congress passes a Dream Act, an action that could cause a government shutdown if they gather more support.

WFU has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,102 students for the fall 2017 semester, said Cheryl Walker, a WFU spokeswoman.

Most people became quiet and raised their fists in the air, but a handful of protesters continued their refrain.

U.S. Capitol Police said 15 protesters were arrested. Meadows said, according to The Hill.


"I am walking out in solidarity with all my undocumented folks", Cortes-Rivera said. A clean Dream Act.

"We need to just get Ryan to put something on the floor so we can vote on it", Ellison said, a reference to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

However, President Trump later said that DACA recipients "have nothing to worry about", adding that if Congress can not pass a law he will "revisit this issue".

Nielsen said participants in the program would not be an enforcement priority for Immigration and Customs Enforcement if Congress fails to act, an assurance that drew criticism from anti-immigration groups on social media.

Cortes-Rivera also said she believes any modifications to the DACA act are inhumane and produce a unsafe distinction between who makes a good immigrant and who makes a bad one.

The Republicans renewed efforts to provide immigration reform come after President Trump charged members of Congress to come up with a fix to existing legislation after official rolling back the Obama-era program back in September.

As they exited the Hart building Thursday, again with their fists raised, they chanted once again.

No matter. The young protesters who came to the Senate a day later said they would not stop demonstrating until Congress passed firm legislation.

"Undocumented", they yelled. "Unafraid".

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