“We Are All Dreamers” Campaign U2’s Bono Provides Message of Support
Media Release | May 16, 2018
OMAHA – Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Immigrant Legal Center (ILC) is tremendously grateful to have worked with Bono, lead singer of rock band U2, on the “We Are All Dreamers Campaign” – housed online and on social media platforms – to show support for Dreamers, the immigrant youth eligible for the 2017 DREAM Act. We want to offer a special welcome Bono and U2 to Omaha as they bring us an exciting show Saturday night, May 19, 2018.
Last September, at the U2 show in Kansas City, our friend Susie Buffett made arrangements for ILC Executive Director Emiliano Lerda to meet backstage with Bono. He agreed to record a message for the campaign, in which he advocates for Dreamers and recognizes their important role to the United States. Then in October, a coalition of immigrant-serving organizations in Nebraska partnered to launch the video with the “We Are All Dreamers” campaign, created in response to President Trump’s September 5th decision to terminate the DACA program. The organizations launching the campaign included Immigrant Legal Center, Heartland Worker’s Center, Center for Rural Affairs, Centro Hispano and Nebraska Appleseed.
We thank Bono of U2 for his leadership in advocating for Dreamers.
ABOUT DACA AND THE DREAM ACT
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an immigration policy announced in 2012 by President Obama. It allowed undocumented children who were brought to America to receive a two-year renewable period to work and live in the United States without fear of deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the close of the program on September 5, 2017.
On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Federal Judge Bates ruled the DHS must resume accepting new DACA applications in 90 days (Monday, July 23, 2018), unless the Trump Administration can better justify the termination of the DACA program. On May 1, 2018, another lawsuit was filed against DACA, but renewals continue to be accepted while the case works through the legal system.
DACA is not a permanent solution for Dreamers. The bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 is a bill that would allow Dreamers and people who are similarly situated to continue working, attending school, and leading communities in the only country they know as home while creating a path for them to eventually earn U.S. citizenship.
Immigrant Legal Center and Nebraska’s immigrant-serving organizations continue to advocate for a “clean” Dream Act that is a permanent, bipartisan, and bicameral legislative solution.