Respect and Dignity: Make the Road New York, Make the Road Action Fund

Immigrants Denounce GOP Mailers and Demand Sen. Skelos Support DREAM Act

Press Release

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For Immediate Release

Press Contact

Walter Barrientos, Make the Road Action Fund, 929-271-0089 (English / Spanish) 

Immigrants Denounce GOP Mailers and Demand Sen. Skelos Support DREAM Act

Brentwood, NY—Today, immigrants in New York denounced xenophobic GOP mailers and commercials that have targeted multiple Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County communities in Senate Districts 37 and 40. Community members called on Senate Majority Coalition co-Leader and GOP President Dean Skelos to distance himself from these effort and publicly support the New York State DREAM Act. The campaign materials show images of Latino men on a fence and a crowd of African American and Latinos labeled as welfare collectors. Make The Road Action Fund member and immigrant youth leader from Long Island Dalia Casco issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:


“It saddens me that state Republican candidates who claim to represent our interests and values spew hate and fear about the immigrant community. Being undocumented does not make us less human. I am undocumented, but I am also an honors student, I go to church every Sunday, and I give back to my community by volunteering at a local organization. I may not be able to vote but I and other immigrant youth throughout the state are organizing and educating the community to hold politicians accountable on November 4th. We will not forget all the hate you have spread in our communities.”

“I want to go to college, but being an honors student will not be enough to get me, and many other immigrant youth like me, into college. I call on Senator Skelos to denounce these tactics and demonstrate that the State GOP is committed to passing the New York Dream Act in the 2015 legislative and promoting a rational debate and workable solutions to address the needs of the immigrant community and move our state’s economy forward," Casco stated.

 The State GOP blocked passage of the New York Dream Act by two votes earlier this year, effectively denying access to college education to thousands of immigrant youth who would qualify under the bill for the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The New York Dream Act and similar bills in other states continue to be strongly supported by voters.

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