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Post date: March 6 2018

With Congress Refusing To Act To Protect DACA Grantees, A.G. Schneiderman Releases New Video Testimonials From NY Dreamers

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

March 6, 2018

Attorney General’s Press Office / 212-416-8060
Twitter: @AGSchneiderman 


Among Dreamers Featured: Ricardo Aca, Former Employee of Trump SoHo

Last Month, Attorney General Schneiderman – Leading a Coalition of 17 AGs – Won a Preliminary Injunction Blocking President Trump’s Illegal and Discriminatory Attempt to End DACA

NEW YORK – As Washington refuses to act to protect DACA grantees, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released new videos featuring New York Dreamers whose futures have been jeopardized by President Trump’s rollback of DACA — including a Dreamer who worked at the Trump SoHo Hotel.

Attorney General Schneiderman is leading a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in a multistate lawsuit to protect DACA grantees. Last month, a federal court granted a preliminary injunction in the case and the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Trump administration’s petition to bypass the usual judicial process, ensuring the preliminary injunction will remain in place for now.

“Dreamers are New Yorkers.” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Dreamers play by the rules, work hard, and pay taxes. For most, America is the only home they have ever known. They deserve to stay here—and if Washington refuses to protect them, we will keep fighting for them in court.”

The videos released today are viewable individually on YouTube, and compiled together here.

Ricardo Aca, Dreamer

“Because of DACA, I was able to legally get a job at one of Trump’s hotels, so I know from personal experience that it is because of immigrants like myself that cities like New York even run.” – Ricardo Aca

Sinny Feliz, Lisa Cho, Iljirijana Glavatovic – Dreamers

“Deportation—it will end anything that we have here. Our livelihood. Our jobs. The life I’ve made here. My entire life is here. My entire life.” – Sinny Feliz

“I came here at six months. I don’t know no other home but the United States. There is a fear of me being deported to Montenegro. It’s a country I don’t know. I would have to start all over. It’s like raising a baby, but I’m raising myself, in a whole new world.” – Iljirijana Glavatovic

“My family has started to go back into the shadows in a sense, because if we get deported, we’ll be split up.” – Lisa Cho

Angie Kim, Dreamer

“New York literally exemplifies who immigrants are, and why immigrants are the backbone of this country. We are the country. We are Americans.” – Angie Kim

Angela Fernandez, Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

“Our community, and our organization, is so grateful for the work the Attorney General has done, specifically around this DACA case. The rescission of DACA is a discriminatory act and therefore, considered unconstitutional. And we applaud Attorney General Schneiderman in taking the lead and ensuring that our laws are being respected.” – Angela Fernandez