This is it. On Friday night, 7 DACA recipients were arrested on Capitol Hill demanding that Congress pass a clean Dream Act as part of the year-end spending bill. Erika, Belen, Cata, Hector, Barbara, Li and Juan Carlos are now in custody and are refusing to identify themselves - attempting to remain in jail - until Congressional leaders confirm that they will block any spending bill without protection for Dreamers.
This is a powerful demand and an unprecedented sacrifice from undocumented youth. We have until December 22 to ensure Congress passes a clean Dream Act and grants permanent protection to undocumented youth as part of the spending bill. Every day the Dream Act does not pass, undocumented youth are at risk of detention and deportation.
All-of-us must keep up the pressure to get this done and stop this nightmare.