PRESS STATEMENTTuesday, November 21, 2017Contact: Nicholas Valdes | email@example.com
Hundreds to participate in Memphis and Nashville MEMPHIS & NASHVILLE - Tonight, immigrant youth in Memphis and Middle Tennessee will be hosting two vigils to urge the passing of a clean Dream Act in 2017. Since the termination of DACA in September, the future of more than 8,300 Tennesseans (800,000+ nationwide) hangs in the balance as they wait for Congress to take action. More than 9,000 DACA recipients have already lost their work permits and protection from deportation since the Trump Administration rescinded the program. From now until the March 5th, 2018 deadline given by Trump for Congress to take action, approximately 122 additional people will lose their status every day. Despite the urgency, Congress has failed to act. The candlelight vigils will highlight the urgent need to pass a clean Dream Act and demand that Tennessean members of Congress act before Christmas. Immigrant youth, educators, faith leaders, and TIRRC staff will be available for interview.MEMPHIS: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:00pm City Hall, 125 N Main StreetNASHVILLE: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:30pm Outside the offices of Senators Corker & Alexander, 3322 West End Avenue
TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state. Since its founding in 2001, TIRRC has worked to develop immigrant leadership, build the capacity of its immigrant-led member organizations, help immigrant community members understand and engage in the civic process, and educate the public about policies that would better promote integration of new immigrants and facilitate their full participation in US society. In just a few years TIRRC has grown from a grassroots network of community leaders into one of the most diverse and effective coalitions of its kind, a model for emerging immigrant rights organizations in the Southeast and throughout the United States.