Hillary Clinton, who already has sizable support from the Hispanic community, is calling on DREAMers to help get her elected. The “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto” (My Dream, Your Vote) campaign announced on Sunday will “recruit undocumented ‘DREAMers’ into a voter registration army even though they are not allowed to vote,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The DNC published a statement on Monday celebrating the four-year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DNC praised the president’s policy, and said Hillary Clinton is committed to introducing a pathway to citizenship within her first 100 days of office, and would defend DACA from “partisan attacks.”
The Clinton campaign also sent out its own statement:
On the four-year anniversary tomorrow when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ (DACA) enrollment began, Hillary for America is launching a national voter registration program, “Mi Sueno, Tu Voto” (My Dream, Your Vote), to organize DREAMers to mobilize their communities and ask voters to consider what is at stake for their families in November.
“DREAMers have played a pivotal role in our campaign, advocating for families who constantly live in fear of deportation — so we’ve created a program that aims to turn these stories into action,” said Lorella Praeli, National Director of the Latino Vote. The program calls on DREAMers across the country to join the campaign’s grassroots efforts to secure commitments from their community to vote for their future in November.
“We founded this program on the premise that, one by one — through friends, families, co-workers or classmates — DREAMers’ futures would be considered on Election Day,” Praeli said.
“We may not have the right to vote, but “Mi Sueno, Tu Voto” will help ensure that our stories are heard and it will send a clear signal to Donald Trump that we cannot be silenced,” said Astrid Silva, Nevada DREAMer and immigrant rights activist.
Hillary for America will be holding events across the country this week, including in Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina, to unveil the program. “Mi Sueno, Tu Voto” will also serve to remind voters of Donald Trump’s hateful and dangerous agenda, highlighting his pledge to eliminate DACA and deport millions of DREAMers and immigrant families.
Astrid Silva spoke at the DNC last month where she shared her story as an undocumented immigrant, as did Karla and Francisca Ortiz. Another undocumented immigrant, 23-year-old Hareth Andrade, was chosen for the DNC credentials committee.
On Monday Hillary posted an article thanking young undocumented immigrants for their bravery and telling them, “This is your country, too.”
Four years in, DACA has helped more than 700,000 undocumented people to live without fear. Let's build on it: https://t.co/Xw6IkKPSIQ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2016
Some DREAMers have already begun to canvas for Hillary.