DEC Partner: Steve Zylstra – Congress Must Act to Save Dreamers

Steve Zylstra:  President & CEO – Arizona Tech Council

From the Phoenix Business Journal

Unless or until Congress acts or a court declares otherwise, the DHS Memorandum rescinding DACA remains in effect, and DACA beneficiaries’ deferrals and work authorization will begin to expire.

“If you’re reading this, I’m still in police custody after being arrested last night.”

Not exactly the missive anyone looks forward to receiving. This tweet sent Saturday from Erika Andiola’s Twitter account is but the latest drop in the roller coaster that she and other Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program participants have been riding since DACA became part of the U.S. vernacular.

Hitting close to home is that Andiola is an Arizona State University graduate who later became Sen. Bernie Sanders’ press secretary for Hispanic media during the Vermont lawmaker’s bid to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

She was one of eight who were arrested a day earlier while staging an after-hours sit-in at the Capitol Hill office of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York. As of my writing this column, they were vowing to continue a hunger strike until Schumer and Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, win enough votes in the Senate and the House to delay a vote on the pending government spending bill and force a vote on Friday for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.