And on Capitol Hill, police arrested seven DACA recipients and one of their allies Friday as they held a nonviolent sit-in protest inside the offices of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Congressmember Carlos Curbelo of Florida. The activists were demanding the lawmakers commit to voting “no” on a spending bill this month unless it includes a version of the DREAM Act without concessions on funding for the border wall or enhanced border security. This is activist Erika Andiola, speaking at the start of Friday’s protest in Senator Schumer’s office.
Erika Andiola: “The DREAM Act can pass in December 22nd as part of the spending bill. Schumer can do this. He has the power to do it. And we’re tired of him playing political games with our lives. And that’s why we’re here. And we’re going to stay here, and we’re going to stay in jail, until he does that.”
The activists remain in jail and could face possible deportation. They say they’ll hold a hunger strike until their demands are met.