[PR] Ohio Activist Arrested In Protest For A Clean DREAM Act On Capitol Hill

Source: Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL)

Ohio Activist Arrested in a protest for a Clean DREAM Act on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC – Janet Dennie, a Korean American grandmother from Columbus, Ohio, and member of the Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL), was one of 19 Asian American immigration and labor rights activists arrested on November 15, 2017 for civil disobedience in a protest outside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) office.

The action was part of a national convening of more than 120 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrant youth and allies from over 15 states convened at the U.S. Capitol to demand the passage of a clean DREAM Act that does not include tightening border security such as the building of a wall, make changes to family-based visas, or implement any provisions of the RAISE Act (S. 354).

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting 800,000 DACA recipients, including over 30,000 Asian Americans, at risk for deportation. In Ohio, over 4,600 immigrants are DACA recipients, and over 5,000 additional immigrants are eligible for DACA status.

When the first DREAM Act was introduced 16 years ago, it was inspired by an Asian American student barred from attending a prestigious music college due to her immigration status. Today almost 17,000 AAPIs have benefitted from the DACA program with South Korea, China, India and the Philippines being among the top countries of origin of AAPI DACA-eligible populations.