National Media Covers DREAMer Conference and Role of Youth Leaders and Their Parents

From the Wall Street Journal:

‘Dreamers’ Convene to Celebrate—and Embrace Parents

By MIRIAM JORDAN

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Emboldened by a new program that allows them to remain in the U.S., hundreds of undocumented youth at a conference Sunday decided that their next goal is to urge Washington to devise a policy that also brings their illegal-immigrant parents out of the shadows. Read more

…Many Dreamers became activists during college when they realized they wouldn’t secure jobs to build a career despite their education because they lacked legal status. Even though unable to vote, the youngsters were instrumental in mobilizing Latino voters to get to the polls on Nov. 6. Hispanics were vital to President Barack Obama’s re-election.

“There is no question that they have grown to be the face of the immigrant movement,” said Henry Der, senior program officer at the Four Freedoms Fund, a donor collaborative. Read more here

Hundreds of Dream Warriors Gathered for Congress in Kansas City, MO

From The New York Times:

Young Immigrants Say It’s Obama’s Time to Act

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Watch Video - Pushing the Dream: An empowered movement of young undocumented immigrants seeking a pathway to citizenship is gearing up for the immigration debate in 2013. And they plan to hold President Obama accountable.

NEW HAVEN — It has been a good year for young immigrants living in the country without legal papers, the ones who call themselves Dreamers.

Their protests and pressure helped push President Obama to offer many of them reprieves from deportation. So far about 310,000 youths have emerged from the shadows to apply, with numbers rising rapidly.  Read More here