“We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home.” — from Statue of Liberty dedication speech by President Grover Cleveland, October 28, 1886
“We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home.” — from Statue of Liberty dedication speech by President Grover Cleveland, October 28, 1886

Maine’s Delegation: Collins, King, Pingree, Poliquin —

Senator Susan Collins:

Undoubtedly improvements could be made to our refugee screening process, but the worldwide refugee ban set forth in the executve order is overly broad and implementing it will be immediately problematic. … in addition … a preference should not be given to people who practice a particular religion, nor should a greater burden be imposed on people who practice a particular religion. As I stated last summer, religious tests serve no useful purpose in the immigration process and run contrary to our American values. The United States remains the largest contributor of humanitarian aid to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis, and we should continue to aid those who are assisting refugees in neighboring countries like Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.”

Senator Angus King, Tuesday, January 31, on CNN:

“This is probably the worst foreign policy decision since the invasion of Iraq. What it’s done is played right into ISIS’s hands.”

In a statement, King also said:

“I believe we must pursue solutions that will actually protect our homeland, which is why I voted for the extensive border security provisions in the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the Senate in 2013. The latest actions taken by this Administration, however, don't protect us, but actually compromise our nation's security. They only isolate America from our allies, marginalize this country's Muslim population who are often the source for information that helps prevent terrorism, and is inconsistent with who we are as a country. Worse, this order, which focuses exclusively upon majority Muslim countries, plays right into the hands of ISIS which has been trying for years to bait us into converting our opposition to their isolated brand of radical terrorism into a war of America against the entire Muslim world. Unfortunately, President Trump has taken the bait — and the fight against ISIS just got a lot harder.”

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, January 28:

“Over the past week, President Trump has struck terror in the hearts of communities throughout Maine which are strengthened by immigrants and refugees. I will do everything I can to assure Maine’s refugees and immigrants, no matter their religion or the color of their skin, that they are welcome here. With these executive orders, President Trump has shown his lack of understanding for American history. The words etched on Lady Liberty, ‘give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ are the values that truly make America great.”

Pingree on executive order to build a wall on the border with Mexico:

“President Trump should know that history looks back fondly on people who tear down walls, not those who build them. What he has proposed to isolate the United States from the rest of the world is frightening. His plans to spend billions of taxpayer dollars building a wall with Mexico, end immigration policies that have taken undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, and turn our back on the worst refugee crisis since WWII will not make the country safer. Instead, they will create needless suffering, waste money, weaken relationships with our allies, and tarnish our country’s proud legacy as a refuge of freedom and safety in the world.

 In particular, my thoughts today are with refugees who have made Maine their home — many of them Muslims from the part of the world that President Trump wants to cut off. They fled oppression and danger in their home countries — enduring a lengthy, thorough vetting process — for the safety of the United States. They’ve enriched our communities in many ways, raising families, starting businesses, and filling key needs in our labor force. President Trump’s plans to deny others that same opportunity are un-American, shortsighted, and cruel. If this is just the start, today’s actions offer a deeply troubling vision of things to come.”

Poliquin Spokesman Brendan Conley: 

“The Congressman will not be voting on these executive orders. His policy in Congress has been to increase border security, end sanctuary cities and stop Syrian refugee admissions until national security agencies put in place effective processes to ensure that no suspected or potential terrorists are allowed to cross our borders.”

Catholic Charities Maine Stands in Solidarity with Refugees — January 26 statement

In response to the news circulating about the possibility of significant changes to the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program, Stephen Letourneau, CEO of Catholic Charities Maine (CCM), stated that the agency remains 100 percent committed to working with the refugee population here in Maine:

“Our hearts go out to refugees, especially our clients here in Maine, and those who are currently awaiting reunification with their families. We stand in solidarity with and have tremendous compassion for the plight of refugees worldwide who are fleeing their home countries for fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality or political opinion — the freedoms we hold so dear here in the Unites States. With refugees subject to the highest level of security checks of any traveler to the United States, CCM is hopeful the new administration will recognize that keeping America safe and welcoming refugees are not mutually exclusive.

Caring for this most vulnerable population is not just our job, but fulfills our mission guided by Catholic social teaching to work for justice and care for the oppressed. We have a 40-year history of ‘welcoming the stranger’ through our Refugee & Immigration Services program and we fully intend to carry on this proud tradition in partnership with the federal government.”

AGs Condemn Trump Executive Order, Calling It Unconstitutional, Un-American, Unlawful

On Sunday, January 29, 16 state attorneys general —  of NY, CA, PA, WA, MA, HI, VA, OR, DC, CT, VT, IL, NM, IA, ME and MD — issued the following joint statement, condemning President Trump’s “Vow Action” executive order:

“As the chief legal officers for over 130 million Americans and foreign residents of our states, we condemn President Trump’s unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful Executive Order and will work together to ensure the federal government obeys the Constitution, respects our history as a nation of immigrants, and does not unlawfully target anyone because of their national origin or faith.

Religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country and no president can change that truth.

Yesterday, multiple federal courts ordered a stay of the Administration’s dangerous Executive Order. We applaud those decisions and will use all of the tools of our offices to fight this unconstitutional order and preserve our nation’s national security and core values.

We are confident that the Executive Order will ultimately be struck down by the courts. In the meantime, we are committed to working to ensure that as few people as possible suffer from the chaotic situation that it has created.”

Maine Health Memo to Staff in Wake of Immigration Ban

Maine Health President William Caron sent an internal memo on Monday to reassure staff that the organization intends to remain true to its core values of treating all staff and patients equally. 

Maine Health spokesman John Porter said the staff letter was sent because of President Trump’s immigration ban and the changes under way to the Affordable Care Act, but are not meant to be read as a comment on those actions.

“Our patients mirror the population of Maine and we have staff from all over the world,” said Porter, who said the organization did not yet know how Maine Health would be directly affected by the immigration ban.

Maine Health is the non-profit parent organization of  Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital, LincolnHealth and 13 other health centers around the state.

Caron’s January 30 memo:

Hello everyone, 

I wanted to follow up on my note following the November election to address what many of us have read and seen in the news out of Washington recently.

As expected, debate is picking up with regard to the Affordable Care Act, and this has broad implications for our patients and the work we do. More recently, we’ve seen the administration take steps that could also impact the people who come to us for care and our colleagues.

The administration is attempting to place new restrictions on immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. While it is not yet clear what this means in practical terms, it is an action that has understandably unnerved the broader immigrant community.

On behalf of the volunteer and executive leadership across MaineHealth, I want to assure all of you that we are committed to being both welcoming and compassionate to our patients, our colleagues and those who have joined us to study and learn.

Please know that our patient-centered values of respect, integrity, excellence, ownership and innovation demand that we foster a culture that welcomes diversity. The commitment is imbedded in our mission as a not-for-profit organization committed to providing excellent care to all who come to us.

I would also share that, with regard to the ACA, we are making our concerns known and advocating for the provision of affordable, comprehensive coverage for all our patients. We have been in touch with our representatives in Washington, and we will share more about our position on the ACA debate in coming weeks.

I recognize that these are difficult and emotional issues that hold the potential to distract us from our work supporting our patients. But if we remain true to our values, then we will be true to all who count on us each and every day to strive to make our communities the healthiest in America.

Regards,William L. Caron, Jr. President MaineHealth

Thousands of Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

Academics from many of the most prestigious universities across the United States, including Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, members of the National Academy of Sciences, winners of MacArthur Fellowships and Pulitzer Prizes and others have been signing an open letter opposing President Donald J. Trump’s executive order for a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. 

The petition began circulating on January 27, the day Trump issued the order, and as of Wednesday, February 1, it had over 18,000 signatures from academics, including 50 Nobel Laureates.

The petition reads as follows:

President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order (EO) proposing a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The unrealistic conditions required for discontinuing the suspension make it very likely that this EO will turn into a permanent ban. We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, would like to voice our concern and strongly oppose this measure on three grounds:

1. This Executive Order is discriminatory. The EO unfairly targets a large group of immigrants and non-immigrants on the basis of their countries of origin, all of which are nations with a majority Muslim population. This is a major step towards implementing the stringent racial and religious profiling promised on the campaign trail. The United States is a democratic nation, and ethnic and religious profiling are in stark contrast to the values and principles we hold.

2. This Executive Order is detrimental to the national interests of the United States. The EO significantly damages American leadership in higher education and research. US research institutes host a significant number of researchers from the nations subjected to the upcoming restrictions. From Iran alone, more than 3,000 students have received PhDs from American universities in the past 3 years. The proposed EO limits collaborations with researchers from these nations by restricting entry of these researchers to the US and can potentially lead to departure of many talented individuals who are current and future researchers and entrepreneurs in the US. We strongly believe the immediate and long term consequences of this EO do not serve our national interests.

3. This Executive Order imposes undue burden on members of our community. The people whose status in the United States would be reconsidered under this EO are our students, friends, colleagues, and members of our communities. The implementation of this EO will necessarily tear families apart by restricting entry for family members who live outside of the US and limiting the ability to travel for those who reside and work in the US. These restrictions would be applied to nearly all individuals from these countries, regardless of their immigration status or any other circumstances. This measure is fatally disruptive to the lives of these immigrants, their families, and the communities of which they form an integral part. It is inhumane, ineffective, and un-American.

These bans, as proposed, have consequences that reach beyond the scope of national security. The unethical and discriminatory treatment of law-abiding, hard-working, and well-integrated immigrants fundamentally contravenes the founding principles of the United States.

We strongly denounce this ban and urge the President to reconsider going forward with this Executive Order.

Stanford’s Saturday Evening Email to the University Community

“The past weekend brought anxiety, dismay and confusion for people in the academic community nationally and internationally as an executive order with new federal restrictions on travel to the United States was implemented,” reads a letter from Stanford’s president and provost that was emailed on Saturday evening to the Stanford community  expressing the university’s “continuing support for all members of our community.”

The letter outlined Stanford’s response to the president’s executive order of January 27 barring entry to the United States for refugees and for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. In addition, the campus leaders issued a statement, below, summarizing the key principles of the university’s support for international and undocumented students.

Statement of Stanford leadership on immigration principles

• As an academic institution and as a community, Stanford welcomes and embraces students and scholars from around the world who contribute immeasurably to our mission of education and discovery. Inclusion and nondiscrimination are core values of our community, and they extend to people from around the world regardless of citizenship or nationality. We recognize that those who set national immigration policy must account for national security considerations to keep our country safe. But policies that restrict the broad flow of people and ideas across national borders, or that have the effect or appearance of excluding people based on religion or ethnicity, are deeply antithetical to both our mission and our values.

• As Stanford leaders, we wish to reiterate and emphasize the following key principles of our university’s support for our international scholars and undocumented students:

Stanford’s mission of research and teaching is deepened and enriched by students and scholars from around the world. The flow of students, educators and researchers across national borders is essential to our mission as an educational institution.

Stanford is committed to a welcoming and supportive environment for all students, faculty, staff and scholars, and it provides services and support to them without regard to their immigration status, religion, nationality, ethnicity or other characteristics.

The university keeps student and personnel records private. It does not share information with anyone, including law enforcement authorities, about immigration status, religion, nationality, ethnicity or other information about individual students unless presented with a subpoena or other legally binding requirement.

Immigration enforcement is the responsibility of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not the university or local law enforcement. The Stanford Department of Public Safety does not inquire about immigration status in normal course of its duties and will not participate with other agencies in immigration enforcement activities unless legally required to do so.

• Stanford treats undocumented students as domestic students in the admission process, assessing their applications under the same need-blind admission policy it uses for citizens of the United States. Stanford uses institutional funds to meet the full financial need of those undocumented students who are admitted.

• Stanford has actively supported the DREAM Act legislation since its introduction in 2001, which would enable undocumented students to continue their education and apply for citizenship. Stanford also supports DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has allowed undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children to remain in the country without fear of deportation, and is among the more than 600 colleges and universities that have signed a letter in support of DACA.

• Stanford has expressed its strong support for the BRIDGE Act, new bipartisan legislation that would preserve the protections for those who have remained in the United States under the DACA program, which is an executive action rather than a law.

As events unfold, the university intends to continue vigorously advocating before Congress, the Executive Branch, and beyond for policies consistent with its commitment to members of our community who are international, undocumented and those who are impacted by the recent executive order.”

Clayton Rose, Bowdoin College President, to the Bowdoin Community, January 30

“The executive order on immigration signed Friday by President Trump causes me to write to restate Bowdoin’s values and our approach in these matters.

As you know, the order signed by the president—“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”—immediately modified aspects of immigration law in the US and suspended all refugee admissions into the country for 120 days. It also blocked citizens of the Muslim-majority nations of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days. As we have all seen in the news over the weekend, enforcement of this order has created chaos and a great deal of hardship and uncertainty for many people. Amid protests, federal judges in three states moved to block certain aspects of the order, and late Sunday, it appeared that the White House might be scaling back some of its provisions.

There are many aspects of this action that are deeply troubling, including the challenge to fundamental values of our nation and the very real possibility that American higher education will be damaged as great students and scholars are barred from the country and educations are sidelined or worse. Still, there is a great deal of uncertainty about how this will all unfold.

What is certain is that we at Bowdoin will continue to do all that we can to support every member of our community.

This order has the potential to harm students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities across the country—including here at Bowdoin—and to also put their family members at risk. As I wrote to you in November, Bowdoin will continue to safeguard privacy and confidentiality, including immigration status, for members of our community. Our Safety and Security personnel do not enforce immigration laws or make inquiries about the immigration status of students or employees. And, unless compelled by law, we will do nothing that would put a member of our community in this kind of jeopardy. We will keep working to assist and to provide access to expert counsel to those who may need it, and to make other resources available. We know our community, and if we know of an individual who may be in jeopardy because of these new laws we are assisting them. If you think we may have missed someone, please be in touch with staff in student affairs or human resources.”

UNE’s President Responds 

In a January 31 letter to the University of New England (UNE) community, UNE President Danielle Ripich, Ph.D., said:

“The events of the past few days have been unsettling to many of us. Although we have no students from the seven countries where travel into the USA has been banned, there are thousands of students from these countries studying in American universities. It would be unfair to them and to our values if they are denied entry on the basis of their religious background or ethnicity.

The constitutionality of this order is being challenged on many levels and the courts will decide if it prevails. In the meantime, we remain committed to our policy of nondiscrimination that is a bedrock value of our democracy.”

Colby President David A. Greene on Immigration Ban

Text of Colby College President David Greene’s January 29 letter to the college:

“As you are aware, on Friday, January 27, President Trump issued an executive order that bans most citizens of seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—from entering the United States. The order has been challenged in the courts, and many deliberations and changes to the nation’s immigration policies are likely to follow in the months and years ahead. With that in mind, I want to be clear about Colby’s values and obligations to our immediate community and to the important role higher education plays in our democratic society and the world at large.

Colby College has an enduring commitment to welcoming talented students, faculty, and staff from around the world and to engaging in educational and scholarly work on every continent. As always, our first obligation is to support and protect the rights of all members of our community. The recent executive order has focused our attention on those among us who might be adversely affected by this change in policy, and we are offering tailored assistance based on each individual’s circumstance.…

As the federal government enacts changes to immigration policy, we must also consider broader principles that form the core of Colby’s mission and the fundamental values of America’s higher education system. America’s colleges and universities are the envy of the world because of our commitment to free inquiry, to educating talented students from here and abroad, to populating our distinguished faculties with leading thinkers from all corners of the globe, and to scholarly collaborations that result in groundbreaking discoveries and improve the human condition. The leading position of our institutions of higher education and the positive impact they have on global progress are threatened by broad-based policies that restrict access to them.

I will be working with colleagues from across the country and with federal policy groups to do all I can to ensure that Colby and our fellow colleges and universities can maintain our openness and essential commitment to being worldwide centers of intellectual exchange and instruments of societal advancement.”

The Colby community is made up of students, faculty, and staff who come to Waterville from places ranging from Augusta, Maine, to Beijing, China, and from Warsaw, Poland, to Harare, Zimbabwe. Today’s student body of 2,000 comprises more than 300 students of color from the U.S. and more than 200 international students, with more than 70 countries and 43 states represented in what is the most culturally diverse community Colby has ever seen.   

President of Bates College on Immigration Ban—

Clayton Spencer, president of Bates College in Lewiston, sent this statement to the college community on Monday, January 30:

“This past Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that, among other things, bans nationals from seven countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days; prevents the entry of refugees from Syria indefinitely; and suspends provisions of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. Like many of you, I am appalled by the executive order and the inhumane manner in which it is being implemented. The order is antithetical to American values and the principles on which Bates was founded and continues to stand.

Beyond the general anxiety and uncertainty caused by the executive order, it is particularly disturbing for our international students and may affect some members of our campus community and their families personally. Accordingly, I write to share with you the actions the college is taking to understand the implications of the order, to work with individuals who may be directly affected, and to support members of our community who are distressed by what this action says about who we are and what we stand for.

At Bates, we actively recruit students from across the globe. We have many students whose families are recent immigrants, and our local community is defined by immigration historically and in the present day. Furthermore, our students, faculty, and staff travel, work, and study around the world.

With these considerations in mind, [we] have been working this weekend to organize a program on campus with a leading immigration attorney … [and] we will work individually with those members of our community who may need guidance related to international work and travel. We will also be in touch with all Bates students currently studying abroad or in the process of applying to do so to offer specific information and guidance.…

These are very distressing developments, and I urge us to continue to approach them with clarity, courage, and solidarity.”

America’s CEOs Respond to Ex. Order

Vocal objection to Trump’s executive order came first from the chiefs of the country’s leading tech companies over the weekend, but in short order many of the country’s top CEOs joined the chorus. Here are a few of the many corporate statements that surfaced over the weekend and as the week got under way:

Goldman Sachs Chairman & CEO Lloyd Blankfein —

Lloyd Blankfein sent the following voicemail to employees of the firm on Sunday evening, January 29:

“The President has issued an executive order that, generally, bans individuals from seven different countries from entering the United States and freezes the broader refugee program. This is not a policy we support, and I would note that it has already been challenged in federal court, and some of the order has been enjoined at least temporarily.

If the order were to become or remain effective, I recognize that there is potential for disruption to the firm, and especially to some of our people and their families. I want to assure all of you that we will work to minimize such disruption to the extent we can within the law and are focused on supporting our colleagues and their families who may be affected.

Let me close by quoting from our business principles: ‘For us to be successful, our men and women must reflect the diversity of the communities and cultures in which we operate. That means we must attract, retain and motivate people from many backgrounds and perspectives. Being diverse is not optional; it is what we must be.’ Now is a fitting time to reflect on those words and the principles that underlie them.”

Facebook post by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — Jan. 27 at 1:34 p.m., Palo Alto, CA 

“My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.

Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump.

We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.

We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla’s family wouldn’t be here today.

That said, I was glad to hear President Trump say he’s going to “work something out” for Dreamers — immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents. Right now, 750,000 Dreamers benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows them to live and work legally in the US. I hope the President and his team keep these protections in place, and over the next few weeks I’ll be working with our team at FWD.us to find ways we can help.

I’m also glad the President believes our country should continue to benefit from “people of great talent coming into the country.”

These issues are personal for me even beyond my family. A few years ago, I taught a class at a local middle school where some of my best students were undocumented. They are our future too. We are a nation of immigrants, and we all benefit when the best and brightest from around the world can live, work and contribute here. I hope we find the courage and compassion to bring people together and make this world a better place for everyone.”

CocaCola’s CEO Muhtar Kent to Bloomberg:

“Coca-Cola is resolute in its commitment to diversity, fairness and inclusion, and we do not support this travel ban or any policy that is contrary to our core values and beliefs,” said Kent in a statement to Bloomberg News. “As a U.S. company that has operations in more than 200 countries and territories, we respect people from all backgrounds.”

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in an email to staff:

“In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.

I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.

As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.

Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”

(The father of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, was a Syrian immigrant.)

GE CEO Jeff Immelt posted the following message on the company’s employee blog on Sunday, January 29:

Immelt said the company has many employees from the countries named in the ban and said that GE does business all over the region.

“These employees and customers are critical to our success and they are our friends and partners,” Immelt wrote, adding that GE would “stand with them” and work with federal officials to find a balance between security and the “movement of law abiding people.”

“We are a very global team and we will stand together as the global political situation continues to evolve,” Immelt said.

According to the company’s website, among its many offices around the world, GE has three in Iraq — in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra — and over 120 GE employees are based in Iraq.

Ford CEO Mark Fields and Chairman Bill Ford released a joint statement on Monday morning, January 30:

“Respect for all people is a core value of Ford Motor Company, and we are proud of the rich diversity of our company here at home and around the world. That is why we do not support this policy or any other that goes against our values as a company. We are not aware, to date, of any Ford employees directly affected by this policy. We will continue working to ensure the well-being of our employees by promoting the values of respect and inclusion in the workplace.”

And, in an interview on CNN on Monday, Fields said, “As a company, we have grown over the last 114 years into a major auto maker. And it’s been because of the great people who have worked in our company over the years, and they have been from all races, creeds, nationalities, and I think that’s what makes us great as a country and what makes us great as a company.”

On Saturday, January 28, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings posted the following statement on Facebook:

“Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe. A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”