Apr 15, 2019
If you think that young people are disconnected from public policymaking, you need to reconsider your assumptions. United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led nonprofit in the nation is on the frontlines of policy advocacy and activism for undocumented immigrants. Its organizational perspective and strategy is rooted in lived experience. Staff and members are youth for whom immigration, detention, deportation, enforcement and citizenship are personal and political. In the current moment, United We Dream is a force for shaping and advocating for national and state level immigration policies. It is instrumental in organizing for passage of the Dream and Promise Act and against federal funding of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. United We Dream also builds pipelines of leadership for the future. As Sanaa Abrar, Directory of Advocacy, explains on Power Station, United We Dream is training young immigrants across the nation to create an immigration right's ecosystem. That ecosystem includes and embraces LGBTQ staff and members who face additional layers of challenges, including targeting by law enforcement, in their immigration journey. And United We Dream is active both on Capitol Hill and in states where the stakes are highest, including New Mexico, Texas, Florida and Maryland. Intentional, strategic, in-the-moment and forward looking is the formula for United We Dream's short and long term approach.