DREAMers Play Human Chess in front of Congressman Mike Coffman’s Aurora Office

September 19, 2017

Media Advisory – For Immediate Release

September 19th, 2017

Contact:

Cristian Solano-Córdova | (720) 434-4632 – cristian@coloradoimmigrant.org

DREAMers Play Human Chess in front of Congressman Mike Coffman’s Aurora Office

DREAMers ask Congressman Coffman to stop playing political games with their lives.

Who:​ ​DACA recipients who are ineligible to renew their work permits before the October 5th deadline and will lose their reprieve of deportation, immigrant rights advocates, and community allies.

What:​ DREAMers will play human chess in front of Mike Coffman’s Aurora Office to portray the real impact of playing political games with Coloradan DREAMers’ lives.

Where:​ 300 S Parker Rd #305, Aurora, CO 80014 – Mike Coffman’s Aurora Office

When:​ Thursday, September 21st, 11am-11:30am

Visuals:​ Human-sized chess board with DREAMers who are parents, college graduates, laborers, service industry workers, and small business owners.

Why:​ President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects over 17,000 Coloradans. Members of Colorado communities face potentially being ripped from the social fabric and economic fabric of their communities resulting in a potential loss in yearly GDP of over $850 million for the state as well as the human cost of families being ripped apart. DREAMers who are ineligible to renew, immigrant rights advocates, faith leaders, and community push for Congressman Mike Coffman to stop playing political games with our youth’s lives and follow the lead of Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner.

Organizers demand Congressman Coffman protect Colorado’s DREAMers by signing a discharge petition on a clean DREAM Act that does not include funding for Trump’s anti-immigrant, deportation agenda and move the Colorado legislative delegation to do the right thing for DREAMers and for the country. His support isn’t even an act of political bravery – public opinion on both sides of the aisle is on their side. 84 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 69 percent of Republicans believe DREAMers should be able to remain in the U.S.

218. That’s the magic number. And the first step in making sure that DREAMers still have a chance to build a future in the country they call home.

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