DREAM Action Coalition
August 4, 2014

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Dreamers Confront Rep. Steve King & Sen. Rand Paul in Iowa Fundraiser on Vote to Kill DACA 

“Dreamers Not Afraid of Defending DACA from Anti-Immigrant Republicans. President shouldn't be Afraid to Take Executive Action” 

OKOBOJI, IOWA–  Prominent Dreamer Erika Andiola, who arrived to the U.S. at 11 years old, confronted Rep. Steve King at his Iowa fundraiser on his continued effort to kill DACA: “If you really believe in deporting Dreamers like myself, here is my DACA so you can rip it.” Rep. King suprised Erika spoke English. 
In 2012, the President promulgated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that granted deportation relief and work authorization to Dreamers - undocumented immigrant who arrived to the U.S. as children.
House Republicans voted on Friday to end DACA program and strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States.
Erika joined Iowa Dreamers to help remind Rep. King that Dreamers are not afraid to defend DACA so President Obama shouldn’t be afraid to take executive action. 
Senator Rand Paul ran away as soon as the immigration discussion began. The video shows Paul's staff clearly extracting the Senator right away. Sen. Paul has been a leading figure for Republicans entering into 2016. However, the Kentucky Senator voted against immigration reform and is trying to repair his image with Latino voters. With Rep. Steve King as an ally, Latino voters will be suspicious of Sen. Paul's position in immigration.

ed. note:
The Video Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

Sen. Paul explained what actually happened in an interview with Greta Van Sustern in "On the Record."  Speaking from a cornfield near Durant, Iowa (about 20 miles west of Davenport), Paul said:

"About five minutes before that or two minutes before that, the video doesn't show that another reporter came up and said will you do an interview?  And I said I need to take a couple more bites and we'll do an interview.  And I was told we had to leave and I had to do the interview.  So actually I stand about 10 feet from those people who were doing a sort of kamikaze interview, and I stood 10 feet from them and did another interview.  And you know me, I've always been open to discussing immigration.  I'm very open to discussing that I think there should be some kind of immmigration reform, but I think you can't do it without first securing the border..."