WCDP Latino Coalition Condemns Senate Failure to Pass DREAM Act

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Xiomara Rodriguez, Chairperson WCDP Latino Coalition: 775-229-3669 (xrodriguez50@gmail.com)

Theresa Navarro, Vice Chair WCDP Latino Coalition:  775.560.1300 (tnavarro11@sbcglobal.net)

Today, Saturday, December 18, 2010, marks one of the saddest days in American History:  The day that the US Senate stopped the DREAM.  The Reno Latino Coalition is outraged by the actions of the Senate today.  By not passing the DREAM ACT, those Democrat members of the Senate have forgotten how important this bill is to our community.  These are young men and women who, through no fault of their own, came to this country and consider this country their own.  They have been raised here and are willing to join the military to protect this country and have the grades and the desire to improve themselves.  Today the Senate decided to penalize them for the faults of their parents.

“Don’t these Senators realize that this country was founded and developed by immigrants.  My question for those Senators, both Republican and Democrat, who voted against this bill is, “HOW CAN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT, knowing that you have just destroyed the dreams of a community and THE LATINO VOTE,” said Theresa Navarro, Vice Chair of the WCDP Latino Coalition.

“We do not understand how this group of Senators, especially the Democrats who voted against the bill, can be so cold hearted as to stop a bill that would help many young men and women,” said Xiomara Rodriguez, Chair of the WCDP Latino Coalition

“We are very happy that DADT was passed.  The passing of that bill will help our gay service members to serve our country openly,” said Xiomara Rodriguez.

“Our vote is our voice and this will serve as a reminder to all our elected officials that the Latino community will prove their strength through their votes.  In 2012, we will once again exercise our right to vote and will support those candidates who support our causes.” Said Theresa Navarro.

For more information, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Xiomara Rodriguez at 775-229-3669 or Theresa Navarro at 775.560.1300

Xiomara Rodriguez

Theresa Navarro

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