UVA Illegal Immigration Activists Host Training Events To Recruit ‘Allies’


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An illegal immigrant activism organization is hosting a week of events to train “allies,” using the experience of Palestinians in Israel as a backdrop.

The student group DREAMers On Grounds at the University of Virginia are hosting DREAM Week from March 27 to April 2, during which students will have the opportunity to attend these events and others. DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors and refers to the DREAM Act, which originally aimed to grant illegal immigrants permanent residency in the United States.

The week kicks off with an “UndocuALLY Training,” which aims to teach students and faculty about illegal immigrants and recruit them as “allies.”

“DREAMers on Grounds wish to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at UVA through education, advocacy, and allyship,” reads the Monday event, which is co-sponsored by the University Democrats. “Now, more than ever, DREAMers and undocumented communities need allies. Discover better ways to become an ally and learn more about your fellow peers.”

DREAMers On Grounds will host an “Undocumented At Home” Photo Exhibit, comparing the experience of illegal immigrants to the experience of Palestinians in Israel.

“Can you imagine how it would be to live in a place that you consider home and not be accepted, feel marginalized and like you don’t belong?” asks the event description.

While Wednesday boasts a “Know Your Rights presentation” to discuss “how to prepare and defend immigrant communities,” Thursday hosts a, “We Gon Be Alright” open mic.

“Join us for a night of expression and unhinged optimism as artists share their poetry and spoken word,” proclaims DREAMers On Grounds. “As an organization, DREAMers on Grounds has faced numerous obstacles since its inception. These obstacles are minuscule compared to the obstacles faced by undocumented people – past and present.”

“Join us for a night of expression and unhinged optimism as artists share their poetry and spoken word,” says the illegal immigrant activist group.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to DREAMers On Grounds to inquire whether or not the group received funds from UVA’s Student Council.

“While we have co-sponsored with Student Council for UndocuAlly Trainings in the past and have received funding through them, we have not received appropriations from Student Council for this years DREAM Week,” said Paola Sanchez Valdez, president of the organization.

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