Democratic Leaders Called Out for Betraying Vow to Fight for Dreamers

Dreamers protest in front of the Senate side of the US Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)Dreamers protest in front of the Senate side of the US Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on December 6, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

In September, Democratic leaders assured 800,000 young immigrants that they would make use of their leverage in year-end spending battles to pass a clean Dream Act. On Thursday, Democrats folded on this promise without much of a fight, allowing a continuing resolution to pass both houses of Congress and heading home for the holidays while leaving thousands of immigrants in “legal limbo.”

“Quite frankly, it’s a pathetic way for the Democratic Party’s leadership to close out a year in which millions of Americans fought back and resisted the Trump regime’s racist, xenophobic, and dangerous agenda with an inspiring wave of grassroots activism from coast to coast,” CREDO political director Murshed Zaheed said in a statement following Thursday’s vote. “This is a monumental failure.”

All in all, 18 Democrats in the Senate and 14 in the House voted with Republicans to pass a short-term stopgap measure that keeps the government funded through January 19.

But the ire of immigrant rights activists — who made their voices heard in the Capitol building ahead of Thursday’s vote with sit-ins and mass demonstrations — was trained less on rank-and-file members and more on the Democratic Party leadership, who they argue failed to listen to the grassroots and punted on an issue that requires immediate action.

Renata Mauriz, a DACA recipient from Massachusetts who was arrested during a sit-in on Thursday, said she is “tired of seeing Democrats announce their support for Dreamers and not doing anything about it.”

“I am risking arrest because I know that the fight is not over,” Mauriz said. “My family and I need more than promises and tweets, we need actions. Every day where I don’t know if I will lose my DACA is a day where my life is disrupted. I will continue disrupting…

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