LULAC Dreamer Summit Makes History

Dreamers of America Ratify Freedom and Liberty Declaration

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), says delegates to the 2019 Dreamer Summit held in Dallas Texas have ratified the nation’s first Dreamer Declaration setting out their blueprint for a bipartisan solution to the stalled immigration reform movement in the United States.

“The declaration passed unanimously by this assembly is a working document that reflects the vision of young men and women whose lives are being directly impacted by partisan politics and they’re tired of it,” said Domingo Garcia, National President. “They’re not waiting any longer for others to solve their situation of daily fear and uncertainty that they might be deported. Instead, their brave and courageous action today begins to change the narrative away from intransigent demands on both sides to a set of principles that can lead to a compromise we can get passed in 2019,” he added.

The Freedom and Liberty Declaration first sets out seven points which delegates agreed are the most important to find common ground including ensuring security at all borders and ports of entry, immigration is the lifeblood for future economic growth, individuals who arrived in the United States as children should not have to live in constant fear of deportation and a bipartisan solution to immigration respects America’s values of having a fair process for welcoming men and women who wish to become part of this country.

“It’s not going to be easy and there will be critics who are holding fast to an all-or-nothing position but LULAC joins with these Dreamers in framing the conversation differently by looking for ways to work together so that we can reach an agreement,” says Garcia. “

The Dreamer Summit Freedom and Liberty Declaration is a major step towards achieving the best possible outcome now by addressing the most critical roadblocks and allows us to make progress. Dreamers deserve to have their voice heard and LULAC salutes them for their leadership and willingness to come together in drafting this historic document,” he concluded.

LULAC will now move to support the Dreamers through a formal resolution process, first in Texas where the document was drafted, then at the National LULAC Convention in July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A national campaign is proposed for distribution of the measure to members of Congress, other elected officials and by sharing its content widely through social media and in print.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org

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