Arizona Dream Act Coalition Reacts to the Introduction of the Achieve Act
Immigrant Youth Respond to GOP Legislation
|Phoenix, Arizona. November 28, 2012. The Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC), the largest immigrant youth led organization in Arizona, responds with disappointment to the Achieve Act, a legislation drafted and introduced by Senators John Kyl, and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Both are retiring from the Senate next month and both are from red states that could turn blue in the next decade as more and more Latinos become citizens and voters.
Under this legislation, immigrant youth would be put through a long, expensive, and tedious process with no clear path to citizenship.
"We recognize this political move as the GOP's failed attempt to attract future Latino votes due to the lackluster support they received this past election and the lack of leadership we have seen from the Democratic party" . "As immigrant youth, we are tired of being treated as second class citizens and we are asking for bipartisan conversation and collaboration that will bring real solutions and do not create more problems down the road", said Reyna Montoya, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition Vice Chair.
Arizona Dream Act Coalition's President Dulce Matuz, selected by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, reacted by stating: "We will not tolerate political games that disrespect immigrant youth". "We are educated and capable of dealing with important issues that our lives depend on".
"The Arizona Dream Act Coalition will continue advocating for legislation that fully integrates and educates all immigrant youth". "We encourage and invite Legislators to have a conversation with DREAMers before drafting any piece of legislation,"concluded Matuz.