A DACA recipient, formerly press secretary to Bernie Sanders, is now on hunger strike and could be deported after being arrested on Friday.
A shame this didn’t happen the first time.
Erika Andiola held a sit-in protest at Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Carlos Curbelo’s offices. She and six other Dreamers were arrested for “unlawful entry” as they refused to leave when the building closed.
The protesters are calling themselves the #Dream7, and are demanding a Clean DREAM Act be passed on December 22. They are refusing to comply with law enforcement in an attempt to prolong their time in jail.
According to Jezebel, the Dreamers are prepared to remain in custody until Senator Schumer and Representative Curbelo “publicly confirm they have the votes to block any spending bill without a Clean DREAM Act.”
Andiola tweeted about the arrest on Saturday.
If you’re reading this, I’m still in police custody after being arrested last night at @SenSchumer office demanding he prove claim to support Dreamers by organizing his caucus to block any spending deal w/out a clean #DreamAct. Will remain until he does. #OurDream #NoDreamNoDeal
Andiola’s boyfriend, Democratic political operative Kai Newkirk, used his girlfriend’s Twitter account to post an update on the situation.
Newkirk believes the “DC Court Pre-Trial Services took initiative to contact ICE about Erika.”
“I spoke with Erika via phone from jail at 3:45a last night and confirmed to share this. Every day they are in police custody the danger of additional ICE engagement and then deportation grows, as it grows for all undocumented youth with each day that goes by without passage of the Dream Act,” Newkirk wrote.
“We have confirmed that Erika and the others are all on hunger strike and have been since they were arrested. They are committed to remaining in jail until Senator Chuck Schumer & Rep. Carlos Curbelo publicly confirm they have the votes to block any spending bill without a clean Dream Act,” he added.
UPDATE: Erika &other Dreamers arrested Fri will be in DC jail until at least Tues. Have reason to believe ICE contacted. All 8 are on hunger strike &will stay in jail until @SenSchumer & @RepCurbelo confirm votes to block any spending deal w/out clean #DreamAct. #NoDreamNoDeal
One American activist was arrested alongside the Dreamers for taking part in the sit-in. The eight protesters are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
If only they could break out of jail like they break into the United States.
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