Vote4Dream Campaign Statement on Common Sense Bipartisan Proposal


Vote4Dream Campaign Statement on Common Sense Bipartisan Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC – We are urging for a VOTE YES on “The Immigration Security and Opportunity Act,” S.A. 1958, also known as the “Rounds-King-Common Sense” bill:

Currently there are only four amendments on the table right now. Out of those we want to share our support for Senator Coons and Senator McCain’s proposal; however, we understand that in order for us to have a legislation become law the Senate needs to at least have 60 votes. After having our campaign engage in over 1000 conversations in the Senate and have spoken to 98 senators directly multiple times, we believe that the bill that has the greatest chance of becoming law is S.A. 1958 introduced by Sen. Round (R, S.D.) and Sen. King (I, ME). We are heartbreaking to learn that this proposal includes many items that we stand against. However, it provides nearly 2 million dreamers a pathway to citizenship.

We as dreamers and undocumented youth understand that millions of young people’s lives are at stake. We want to be able to live in peace, knowing that we have protected part of our undocumented family so we can continue to fight until we protect them all. This will not only give relief to us, but for our families. There is no question that we will keep fighting for families and our community. We know that our undocumented brothers and sisters have a resilient and beautiful spirit and we will never stop fighting for our humanity to be seen and respected. We will never stop fighting for our families and our community. We understand that this amendment has many troublesome provisions and we hope we can live to fight another day.      

About Vote4Dream: Vote4Dream is a campaign of Aliento led by 15 states, predominantly conservative states like Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Georgia, etc. This campaign if formed of DACA students, DACA parents, undocumented youth, undocumented parents, people of faith and educators. We have spoken directly to 98 Senators (we are still missing Senator Schumer and Majority Leader McConnell) multiple times. We have met with all 100 Senate offices and spoken to more than 80 Senate staffers. We visited some republican offices daily, other offices we visited once or twice a week, and others we check-in bi-weekly. In the past month, in the Senate alone, we had over 350 direct conversations with the Senators. At this point all combined, we have had over 1000 conversations with the senators. We have also spoken to about 250 members of Congress and have met with all the offices in of the members who signed on to the Taylor’s letter, the Hurd/Aguilar bill, spoken to members of the Republican Study Committee, the Freedom Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and so on.


Reyna Montoya