Today, Walter Lara was supposed to be sent back to Argentina -- a country that he left when he was 3 years old and has no memory of. But thanks to everyone who rallied around Walter's cause and took action, he's not being deported today.
Here's what grassroots and immigration rights activists did together on Walter's behalf:
- Over 3,000 people co-signed Sen. Nelson's letter
- Over 1,000 calls were made to the Department of Homeland Security--so many that their message system was overwhelmed.
Thanks to DREAMer activism, Walter did not have to spend Independence Day saying goodbye to his family. But we can't stop here--not while 2 million young people who were brought to the U.S. years ago as undocumented immigrant children remain at risk for having their lives in this country cut short and dreams deferred. Not while we are still in the business of stopping one deportation at a time.
Here's a message from Walter on how we can clear a path for other undocumented students and support higher education for all students:
To Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, Representatives Corrine Brown, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, words cannot express my gratitude. Their action is an acknowledgment that our immigration laws are broken.
But personal interventions won't help the tens of thousands of others in the immigrant community who stand to benefit from passage of the DREAM Act.
This is why we need Congress to pass the DREAM Act.
I was lucky, but the reality is that someone else is being deported today.
Thanks again to all of you who helped make this 4th of July one Walter will never forget. Now, let's pass the DREAM Act.