Asian American labor leaders face arrest to stand for #CleanDreamAct

Labor leaders in the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance were arrested on November 15 outside of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office in Washington DC as they demanded that Congress pass a “clean DREAM Act” before December 8.

The protesters blocked the entrance of Speaker Ryan’s office and chanted that the House Leader call a vote to pass a clean DREAM Act.

If such a law is not adopted, hundreds of thousands of young people, including thousands of CSU students and impacted faculty and staff, are among those at risk of deportation, in many cases to countries they left as children and do not know.

The Here to Stay organization, created by immigrant youth, reports that every day roughly 122 young people’s DACA waivers expire. DACA is the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that, on Pres. Trump’s orders, stopped taking new applications on Sept. 5. As existing waivers expire, DACA recipients become eligible for deportation.

Monica Thammarath, APALA National President (shown in photo), said, “We are ready to put our bodies on the line. Today and every day until white supremacists are out of office, we will protect and defend our family, friends, and communities from hate violence, racism, and xenophobia.”

For more information go to Here to Stay or the UCLA Dream Resource Center. You can follow updates on Twitter and Facebook via #cleanDREAMact