For Immediate Release
Wednesday April 21, 2010
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Trail of DREAMs Congratulates Senators Durbin and Lugar for Their Leadership to Halt Deportations of Undocumented Students


Immigrant students walking from Miami to Washington, DC witness their impact in the immigration reform debate as they soon approach to Washington, DC

Washington, DC: Today, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) sent an unprecedented letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano asking her to halt deportation of undocumented students, also known as DREAM students in order to accentuate the DREAM Act legislation that legalizes undocumented students with good moral character.

“The leadership of Senators Lugar and Durbin truly empower us as a youth movement,” expressed Carlos Roa, a 22 year old undocumented student walking in the Trail of DREAMs. “We have walked almost 1500 miles from my hometown in Florida to ask President Obama to stop deportations of youth like me. I really want to thank Senators Lugar and Durbin for taking leadership to help us.”

Roa, who has lived as an undocumented person in the United States since the age of 2, and the other students from the Trail of DREAMs – Gaby Pacheco, 25; Felipe Matos, 24; and Juan Rodriguez, 20, took off by foot in an inspiring 1500 miles journey from Miami on January 1, 2010. They are scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC on Wednesday April 28 for an event at the National Press Club followed by a final walk to the White House to ask President Obama to issue an executive order that would immediately stop detentions and deportations of undocumented students like them.

“Our dream is the opportunity to fully participate in the U.S. society, but we cannot become the professionals we wish to be because we are undocumented,” stated Gaby Pacheco. “We have been waiting for years to speak up about our situation as immigrant students. Mr. President Obama, we cannot wait any longer, please don’t deport us from our home.”

Click here for a a copy of the letter by Senators Durbin and Lugar, for more information please contact their D.C. offices at 202.224.2152 and 202.224.4814, respectively.