Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz has launched a special t-shirt (available at all of his “La Gira” Tour concerts in the United States and his Charity Stars website), in support of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States accompanying their parents at a very young age and lived most of their lives outside of the country where they were born.
Singers like Ricky Martin, Camilla Bello, Laura Pausini, Jesse and Joy, Juanes, Ricardo Montaner, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Residente and football stars like Dani Alves have all posted photos of themselves on their Instagram accounts sporting the black shirts that read #DREAMERS.
@alejandrosanzSanz posted a letter signed by him on the Charity Stars site, where he explained that Dreamers came to the US “without knowing their immigration status. They have grown and lived in the US, which they consider their home, and they dream of getting out of the shadows… As they come of age, they face the same needs as other youth their age, such as pursuing higher education, looking for a job or having a driver’s license, but often, they can not get these things, because of their lack of ‘papers’ and the permanent threat of being deported.”
As per the Charity Stars website, in a letter signed by Sanz, all funds raised by the sales of this shirt will directly support the ongoing efforts of Ascend Educational Fund (which provides scholarships), Dream Big Nevada (with provides DREAMERS with a “DACA Renewal Fund,” a complicated legal process necessary for Deferred Action) and Immigrants Rising (which helps entrepreneurship).
“I’m joining my friend @AlejandroSanz on this great initiative to support the #Dreamers in the US” posted singer Ricky Martin on his instagram account. “By purchasing this t-shirt http://www.CharityStars.com/Alejandro you can be part of our #DreamerTeam too. Because #WeAllDream. We all belong. We are all one. And EVERYONE matters. Funds raised will help three amazing charities support the Dreamers education & future. Together we can let them know that their dreams matter – to us. Thank you!”
@jesseyjoyIn June, the House of Representatives currently under a Democratic majority, passed the Dream & Promise Act, also known as the H.R. 6, which was led by Reps. Lucilly Royball-Allrd, Nydia Velázquez, and Yvette Clarke. The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship, and protection for immigrants who arrived at a young age and those with temporary humanitarian protections, which amounts to 2.5 million immigrants. Three months on, the bill is nonetheless unlikely to pass in the Senate, currently under Republican control.
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