- Nat Stein
- DACAmented youth made their case to stay in the country they've grown up in during a September 2017 demonstration.
A group of young immigrants and their supporters visited U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn's local office on Oct. 27 to urge his support of a "clean" Dream Act — meaning, federal legislation that codifies protections for undocumented youth without also funding interior enforcement or building of the infamous wall on the southern border with Mexico. Local efforts to secure Lamborn's support for such a measure began in earnest in September, after President Donald Trump announced the termination of the popular Obama-era program.
"By the end of [an Oct. 26] meeting it was clear to us that Rep. Lamborn and his staff do not know what the DREAM Act of 2017 actually entails," the Colorado Springs Dream Team, as the group is called, wrote in a press release. (Lamborn spokesperson Dean Miller says that charge is unfair, calling the conversation "constructive" and their input "invaluable.") The Dream Team read the full text of the legislation aloud at Lamborn's local office, which Miller says was "heard." Lamborn, via Miller, emailed the Indy to say, "I have always opposed any type of amnesty and will continue to do so. But I also want to find meaningful solutions to this difficult problem — solutions that uphold the rule of law, protect our country, and ensure fairness in our immigration processes."