WASHINGTON—Dreamers and their allies, including union leaders, reacted cautiously to the latest developments – a reported deal between GOP President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of top lawmakers — in the fight to keep some 700,000 Dreamers in the U.S. for good.
That’s because they “haven’t seen anything on paper yet,” says one top union organizer, Maria Rosa Lopez of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 in California.
“Maybe after next week, we’ll see something so we can take a message to our members of Congress and state officials” about the fate of the Dreamers, she says of the several dozen of them she talked with.
But the lack of specificity isn’t stopping the Dreamers and their union allies in their campaign to pass a clean “Dream Act,” giving permanent residence and a path to eventual citizenship to the Dreamers: Workers, students, collegians and military personnel brought to the U.S. as undocumented children.
Those youngsters, many now in their late teens, 20s and 30s, came out of the shadows under former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but Trump dumped DACA last year and plans to deport Dreamers starting March 5.