A group of young immigrants interrupted the first congressional hearing on immigration reform Tuesday to protest the GOP’s opposition to the DREAM Act. They chanted “undocumented and unafraid” as they were quickly escorted out of the room.
The protesters targeted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), one of the 160 Republicans who voted against the DREAM Act in 2010, which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth.
The DREAM Act died in the Senate in 2010 after a 55-41 vote, falling short of the 60 needed. Since then, DREAMers have stayed at the forefront of the immigration fight, holding rallies and mobilizing to tell their stories as Congress takes up renewed reform that would benefit 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.