TEXAS — On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blocked U.S. Senate legislation that would have created a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Cruz’s nonsensical, cruel action to halt this bipartisan bill shows that he is out of touch with the majority of Americans who support a citizenship pathway for immigrants who were brought to the country as children.
The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, Interim Executive Director of Jolt Action:
“By blocking legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, Sen. Ted Cruz is standing in the way of over 109,000 young immigrants in Texas who have grown up here, flourished here, and made our state better. He is failing to heed the wishes of 74% of Americans who support permanent legal status for Dreamers, according to data from Pew Research.
“Texas is home to the second-largest percentage of DACA beneficiaries in the United States. This is our fight, at Jolt we will be relentless on our mission to protect immigrants in the Lone Star State.
“By not prioritizing a pathway to citizenship, Sen. Cruz is shamefully siding with radical right-wing and white supremacist groups that perpetuate the false notion that helping immigrants gain citizenship is ‘amnesty.’ This racist misinformation has been weaponized to stall progress.
“We reject his position and call on Sen. Cruz to reevaluate and recognize the humanity of the thousands of lives in limbo due to his harmful, misguided stance on DACA legislation.”
Founded in 2016, Jolt Action is a progressive civic engagement organization focused on building the political power and influence of young Latinos in Texas. Jolt Action’s initiatives are focused on community organizing, leadership development, voter engagement, and multi-issue advocacy. Through these efforts, Jolt Action serves to elevate the community’s collective voice to engage and transform our democracy. Jolt’s high school and university chapters across the state mobilize around issues such as student debt, racial and immigrant justice, healthcare reform, and climate change. To learn more, visit jolttx.org.