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National Exhibit Puts People First to Highlight Importance of Ruling on Administrative Relief

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 6, 2016

Contact: Carlos Vogel, 202-460-0713, cvogel@communitychange.org

Photos, stories, and art exhibition featured in several US cities to highlight why immigration relief programs are needed

Washington, DC – Today, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), along with world renowned artists and co-directors of the movie “A Day without a Mexican” Yarely Arizmendi and Sergio Arau, and directly impacted families hosted “The Faces of DAPA and DACA+ Exhibition”  featuring photos and  stories of individuals and directly impacted families. The exhibition seeks to educate and highlight the importance of the Supreme Court to rule in favor President Obama’s executive orders on DACA+ and DAPA.

The “Faces of DAPA/DACA+” is a travelling exhibit that was launched by FIRM  in Los Angeles, CA  in April, and has traveled to Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and is ending in Washington, D.C.   The exhibit features striking photos and compelling stories of immigrant families across the country who are eligible for “DAPA and DACA+”, the executive orders issued by President Obama in November 2014 which would allow millions of immigrant families to live without fear of family separation and provide work authorization so that they can live, work and contribute even more to their communities.

“I am an undocumented immigrant in New York with five children, who would qualify for DAPA since one of my children is a permanent resident in the US,” Said Juana Garcia, DAPA eligible and Make the Road New York member. “Obtaining DAPA would give me the opportunity to finally work legally in this country, have a better job, and not live in fear of being separated from my family. Although I already run my own small business, the broken immigration system has kept me from gaining the stability I need in this country. With DAPA, everything would change for me and my family.”

“I’m from Mexico City, and I have lived in the United States for 15 years. My wife Claudia and I are parents of three wonderful daughters. I own a small business on the south side of Milwaukee where we are dedicated to fixing cars. I support the struggle because I am an immigrant and I believe in social justice,” stated Julio, a DAPA Eligible immigrant from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “DAPA would provide us with safety and a real opportunity to move around the state and country which is much more difficult without papers. I would ask the Supreme Court justices for an opportunity to show that I, like many immigrants, come seeking a better life.”

“I left my country so that my children could have a much better future than I had. I have three children that have DACA, another one who is a citizen, and a daughter who just became eligible for DACA,” stated Carolina, DAPA eligible from Cayuga Park, CA.I’m thankful for DACA because my oldest daughter is going to graduate in May and major in business and marketing. DAPA would change my family’s life because we would be able to stay together. We would finally be able to have a better quality of life without having to worry about being separated through deportation.”

“After we made the film, “A Day Without A Mexican,” we discovered that this personal thing is shared by millions of people who have the same stories,” said the film’s director Sergio Arau. “When I moved to the U.S., after two years I was so depressed. In Mexico I did many things. I was a political cartoonist and a musician and suddenly it was like I disappeared. We had to do something that valued our presence here, because I felt like no one cared. Yareli added that “we had to organize something like a day without a Mexican so that they can recognize what we do here. The short film went to a lot of festivals and a lot of noise.”

Today’s exhibit also featured a discussion with artists, and directors Arizmendi and Arau.  The exhibit will be on public display through Thursday, June 10 at the Center for Community Change office here. On Friday, June 11, the exhibition will be displayed on the steps of the Supreme Court during a rally and vigil from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

To visit the virtual Faces of DACA and DAPA Exhibition, please click here

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