Latino Rebels readers overwhelmingly chose the DACA Defenders as this year’s 2017 Rebeldes of the Year with 54 percent of the online vote. Reporters covering Hurricane María got 28 percent, while voices from Honduras got 14 percent and the Latina students behind the ““White Girl, Take OFF Your Hoops” mural got four percent.
Despite stories of DREAMers getting detained and deported, the undocumented youth movement has applied even more pressure on both Republicans and Democrats to act on real immigration reform. Here are some of those stories from this year:
Immigrant Youth and Allies Push for Clean DREAM Act in National Day of Action
Undocumented Youth and Allies Protest Outside Sen. Schumer’s Office in Push for DREAM Act, 3 Arrested
This One Video Showing How Undocumented Youth Respond to News of No #DreamAct Will Actually Lift You Up
Undocumented Youth Occupy Sen. Schumer’s Office, Say They Will Risk Deportation and Refuse to Offer Names If Arrested
Organizers Say Rest of #Dream7 Will Leave DC Jail and End Hunger Strike
Latino Rebels Radio also dedicated some episodes the actions of the undocumented youth community:
In 2018, we see no sign of the movement slowing down. And to all those Republicans and Democrats who think these brave young people will allow to be bargaining chips in a bipartisan immigration deal? Think again. The fight continues for them and the entire immigrant community.
These Dreamers risked everything by being arrested on Capitol Hill, but some Democrats have failed to take up their cause. https://t.co/KSYB3kY7lD by @dmedin11
— Erika Andiola (@ErikaAndiola) December 31, 2017
So to all the DACA Defenders out there, la lucha sigue.
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