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This Is What People Mean When They Say They Want Congress To Pass A Clean Dream Act

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A clean Dream Act means passing the Dream Act as it currently stands.

On Sept. 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) progran. In response, there has been renewed attention to the Dream Act. This important immigration bill was first introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin from Illinois in 2001. Since then, the bill has seen changes and amendments. But what does a clean Dream Act mean? What makes it clean or unclean?

Ever since news broke that Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer met with President Trump in private, speculation swirled about what they discussed. In her statement regarding the meeting, Pelosi mentioned that there was a deal with Trump to preserve the tenets of DACA while providing a border security package without the wall. The explanation was vague enough to prompt the undocumented community, led by DACA recipients, to raise the stakes and demand a clean Dream Act. Many feared that in order for Pelosi and Schumer to make their deal work, there would be an increase in deportations of undocumented immigrants not protected by DACA.

“Our message to the Dreamers is that we understand that their futures are not bargaining chips to build a wall across America,” Rep. Joaquin Castro said. “We want to do something that they can be proud of also. It’s impossible to say what exactly that will look like, but we want it to be something that people can be proud of.”

So, what does “clean” mean in clean Dream Act?

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As is sits right now, the Dream Act has the potential to impact millions of lives outside of the DACA population. Essentially, those who are directly tied to the Dream Act or DACA are calling on Congress to pass the bill as is, without stipulations, making it clean. The fear echoed by many in the undocumented community is that allowing for things to be attached to the Dream Act, like increased border security and the border wall, could negatively impact them.

“We don’t know what a not-clean Dream Act would look like and nothing will be official until it is official,” says Maria Praeli, an immigration policy associate for FWD.us and a DACA recipient. “We all know the current Dream Act that exist, and that for it to be clean it would have to be passed just as it is. If it was to be attached to something else, we don’t know what that would look like.”

Praeli advises anyone concerned about a clean Dream Act to continue to call their representatives and ask them to either vote for a clean Dream Act or the Dream Act.

So, to recap. A clean Dream Act means passing the current Dream Act of 2017 as is without adding anything to it. It’s not a different bill or new iteration.

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Since the Trump administration first announced the recession of DACA, 21,000 people have lost their DACA status because they couldn’t renew by the Oct. 5 deadline. Without action from Congress, we will see more young people lose their ability to work and go to school, and more people afraid to report sexual assaults, rape or other violent crimes out of fear of deportation. Trump’s administration set a deadline of March 5, 2018 for Congress to act and pass the Dream Act of 2017.

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Latino Victory Fund Has Removed A Political Ad Showing A White Supremacist In A Truck Running Down Children Of Color

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Latino Victory Fund Has Removed A Political Ad Showing A White Supremacist In A Truck Running Down Children Of Color

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The gubernatorial race in Virginia has gotten nasty. Republican candidate Ed Gillespie is accusing his opponent, Virginia lieutenant governor Ralph Northam, of helping the gang MS-13 spread throughout Virgnia due to his sanctuary city policies. “MS-13 is a menace,” says a voiceover in Gillespie’s ad. “Yet Ralph Northam voted in favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the street increasing the threat of MS-13. Ralph Northam’s policies are dangerous.”

The Democratic Party of Virginia has distributed political flyers connecting Gillespie to President Trump and the Charlottesville “Unite The Right” rally. The latest punch thrown in Virginia’s gubernatorial race comes from the Latino Victory Fund, an organization that aims to amplify Latino voices in politics and government.

This is the Latino Victory Fund ad against Ed Gillespie that has sparked some mixed emotions.

The ad, shown above, shows a group of children of color running for their lives in Virginia as they are chased by a black pickup truck. At one point, you can see an Ed Gillespie campaign bumper sticker on the back of the truck. The only words heard during the ad are those a one child telling the rest to keep running. All we know of the person in the truck is that they are perceived to be white and on a mission to harm the four children.

The ad has received a lot of backlash from self-proclaimed Republican voters and pundits. The tweet containing the video is filled with responses from Twitter users who are outraged and offended even calling the ad racist. Yet, Latino Victory Fund is not apologizing for the message behind the video.

“Latino Victory’s ad portrays the real-life concerns of communities of color in an increasingly hostile political and social environment. For weeks, Gillespie has peddled dangerous stereotypes, slandering Latinos and immigrants and calling us ‘thugs’ and ‘criminals,'” Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund said in an email statement. “We won’t take it any longer. It’s our moral imperative to stand up for Latino and immigrant families. Our ad holds a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see.”

Some appeared to be frustrated with Latino Victory Fund for running an attack ad.

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While others see the ad as proof that both sides of the aisle are focusing on fear over substance.

Others pointed out that some people just don’t understand that fear in communities of color right now.

Latino Victory Fund has since removed their tweet containing the video.

So…


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