The best thing you’ll watch today: These young daughters of Dreamer moms skipped a letter to Santa this year and instead wrote to Ellen DeGeneres.
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Posted by MoveOn.org on Thursday, December 7, 2017
These girls want Ellen DeGeneres to bring attention to the DACA debate.
Gabriela Zuniga and Abigail Escobar have a message for Ellen DeGeneres: they want her help. Rather than writing a letter to Santa this year, the girls wrote to DeGeneres because they want support for DACA. In a video created and shared by MoveOn.Org, the two girls plead with the talk show host to use to her platform to further the discussion and activism around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“I love my mom more than anything in the world and all I want for Christmas is to know that she will get to stay here in the United States and be with her family,” Zuniga says to the camera. “She signed up for DACA to protect Dreamers like her from being sent to countries that are not their homes.”
The girls say that seeing DeGeneres wearing a Dreamers shirt gave them hope.
Both girls speak openly about the positive impact DACA of and the increase of detentions and deportations of non-criminals by ICE, which has affected many families, including their own. Congress has the chance to pass legislation to protect all those that would be impacted by DACA and more by passing The Dream Act. Some legislators have taken a stand against passing a budget if the issue of DACA and the undocumented community is not addressed by the end of the year. The girls hope that DeGeneres would be willing to activate her fanbase to pressure Congress to act and pass The Dream Act.
READ: Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo Is Calling For Legislative Action To Protect DACA Recipients