Monarch butterflies flocked to Grand Junction on Saturday, September 15, but it was political act rather than one driven by the change in seasons.
WCC joined its community allies at a rally at Colorado Mesa University campus to support our Dreamers and call for the US Congress to pass Dream Act legislation. (Click here to watch our video on Facebook or scroll down to see our photo album.) Many of the speakers at the rally wore monarch butterfly masks, a symbol of the migrant in art and activism for decades. The monarchs’ pattern of migration spans several generations and takes them through the United States on their long journey from Mexico to Canada and back.
After President Trump’s announcement on Sept. 6 that he would end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program in six months, WCC members wasted no time in rallying support for these young “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Now, as the political winds have shifted and Trump has indicated he would sign reform legislation (the Dream Act) if it were passed by Congress, bi-partisan support is growing for a permanent legislative solution. Two different versions have been introduced in the US House and Senate, but both bills would provide Dreamers with protection from deportation and an opportunity to obtain legal status if they meet certain requirements.
Colorado’s US Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Corey Gardner (R) have already pledged support for such legislation. However, US Rep. Scott Tipton (R), who represents Western Colorado, has not.
Please contact US Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) at:
and urge him to support the 2017 Dream Act as a first step in fixing our broken immigration system. Make sure to tell them if you live in Tipton’s district.
Over 100 people at the rally signed postcards addressed to Tipton, urging him to support the Dream Act.
You can thank Senators Bennet and Gardner for taking a supportive stance by calling their Grand Junction offices at:
At WCC’s Annual Conference in August, members unanimously passed a resolution calling for comprehensive and thoughtful immigration reform that builds the strength and unity of working people, keeps families together, and guarantees the constitutional rights, obligations, and human dignity for all community members, no matter where they come from. We are proud to join our friends at Hispanic Affairs Project, Organizing for Action, and Western Colorado Days of Action in this historic moment.