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Groups, Celebrities Stand Behind Dreamers

Groups, Celebrities Stand Behind Dreamers
Demonstrators stage a sit-in in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center to demand immigration reform and a renewal of the DACA program Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:42 PM

With the future in jeopardy for Dreamers, well-organized and financed supporters are lining up behind them, including celebrities, philanthropists, religious groups and corporate leaders, The New York Times reported.

"Hundreds of thousands of young people's lives are on the line," Laurene Powell Jobs, whose organization, Emerson Collective, paid for some TV commercials in support of Dreamers and arranged for celebrity involvement, told the Times.

"That requires us to find new ways to engage audiences that don't understand the threat these young people are facing."

The mobilization began in September, as soon as the Trump administration announced the repeal of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing President Barack Obama had abused his his authority and circumvented Congress to create it.

President Donald Trump announced the program would begin phasing out in March 2018, but urged Congress to find a legislative remedy to replace it.

In one ad supporting the Dreamers, Busy Philipps, an actress with a large following among millennial moms, urges her fans to bring up a "really important topic" at the holiday dinner table.

The ad has been viewed 1.7 million times on Facebook.

But many of the ads, videos, and demonstrations are sidestepping an issue that has divided even some immigrant groups, the Times reported.

Republicans have said any relief for the young immigrants must be paired with bolstered border security, more restrictions on legal immigration, or both, a trade-off that is usually left unmentioned in the advocacy.

In a recent conference call with religious leaders who supported helping the immigrants, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., told them he would support legislation to shield the immigrants from deportation only if it came with enhanced border measures, the Times reported.

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Well-organized and financed supporters are lining up behind Dreamers, including celebrities, philanthropists, religious groups, and corporate leaders, according to The New York Times.
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Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:42 PM
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