Dream Defenders

Lisann Ramos

On Tuesday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift the hold on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. That hold was put in place by a Texas judge in February.

This decision further delays the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Those would prevent deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

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The activist group Dream Defenders was founded in Florida two and a half years ago after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

Immigration Protesters In Homestead March For Reform

Aug 22, 2014
Lisann Ramos

Hundreds gathered in Homestead on Thursday evening to rally for immigration reform. 

The protesters marched around the block near Krome Avenue with signs and banners that read “Halt Deportation Now,” “We Count” and “Stop Separating Families Obama.”  

The protesters consisted of local immigration groups and "Dreamers," students who’ve been granted permanent residency so that they can continue their education.

Lisann Ramos

Miami Dade College announced last week that it will be giving scholarships to DREAMers--the undocumented students who have grown up in the United States and would like to attend college here. 

MDC has joined forces with TheDream.US, who will be providing the scholarships. 

On Tuesday the college held a ceremony at the Freedom Tower where the 22 Miami-Dade scholarship recipients signed their scholar commitment forms surrounded by their families and advisors. 

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College students from Miami and elsewhere around the state are trying to keep the dream alive.

They came by bus to Tallahassee during the opening week of the legislative session. The group is known as the Dream Defenders.

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of Dream Defenders, led a news conference inside the Capitol then spoke with us about the group’s legislative agenda.