Ron LeeNov 9, 2017, 12:34 pmNov 9, 2017, 5:21 pm

Local activists board bus, head to Washington, D.C. to fight for immigrant youth rights

Advocates aim to push Congress to pass a 'Clean Dream Act'


BRENTWOOD — With the proposed “Dream Act” in jeopardy, more than a dozen activists from Long Island are heading to Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning to fight for the rights of undocumented immigrant youth.

Around 5 a.m., a bus carrying seven activists left Brentwood for Westbury, where they picked up eight more activists before they headed to D.C.

The bus was organized by the immigrants' rights group Make the Road New York. The effort is part of a movement to encourage hundreds of immigrant youth, business leaders and people of faith to walk out of their schools and jobs and to rally in the nation’s capital.

Oscar Alberto is an immigrant from El Salvador who now lives in Brentwood and is at risk for deportation. He's heading to D.C. because he is outraged that President Donald Trump is putting an end to the DACA program, which protects immigrant youth like himself.

"We hope to make a change. Get everyone to, like, actually say something and stand up and get more people to unite with us," Alberto said.

With the 2017 Congressional session set to end on Dec. 15, the activists are pushing for Congress to pass what is being called a "Clean Dream Act.”

Speaking through a translator, Jose Molina of Centereach told FiOS1 News if those young immigrants are deported, they won't be offered the same opportunities to succeed in life.

"We are going to protest and fight for the youth of this country because the children need everything offered here so they can get ahead," Molina said.

Organizers of "Operation Dream Act Now" are also encouraging members to call congress and to flood Congress with tweets in their fight to protect immigrant youth.

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