Tuesdays with Tillis: Protect the Dreamers

For the past year, a group of activists has been holding a “Tuesdays with Tillis” gathering at the Federal Building in Raleigh every Tuesday at 11:30 am to speak out about issues related to health care, gun violence, immigration, race, voting rights, tax policy, and the environment.

Yesterday’s gathering (January 23) focused on protecting the 700,000 “Dreamers” (young adults who had been brought to the U.S. as children and were formerly protected by the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy) from deportation.

Speakers included Iliana Santillana-Carrillo from El Pueblo several “Dreamers” who have lived in North Carolina for years and will face deportation unless Congress acts within the next few weeks to enact legislation allowing them to remain in the United States and providing them with a path to citizenship. Although Senator Tillis says that he is committed to working to enact bipartisan legislation enacting the Dreamers, his “SUCCEED” proposal is much more restrictive than the “DREAM Act” that passed the House of Representatives in 2010 and President Obama’s DACA policy and El Pueblo representatives were not allowed to take their petition (signed by over 1,000 people) to Senator Tillis’ office in Raleigh.

The January 23 “Tuesday with Tillis” gathering was covered by the Raleigh News and Observer and by WTVD ABC 11 News.

Activists who live in or near Raleigh can email Karen Ziegler to learn more about “Tuesdays with Tillis.”

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