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Eugene protesters push for Clean Dream Act

Protesters staged a sit-in outside Sen. Ron Wyden's office.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 5:52 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 7:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Protesters in Eugene are calling for Oregon’s congressional lawmakers to vote against a government spending bill, unless it includes the so-called Clean Dream Act.

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Demonstrators staged a sit-in outside of Sen. Ron Wyden’s Eugene office Monday afternoon.

They’re pushing for the Clean Dream Act to replace DACA, after President Trump announced the end of the program earlier this year. They said it would allow DACA recipients to become eligible for citizenship, and would not fund a border wall, border security or detention centers.

“Initially we had an appointment that I made earlier today with Sen. Wyden's staff. They seemed to have stood us up,” said Manuel Mejia Gonzalez, MEChA’s political director. “We want to make sure that we hold them accountable and letting them know that people are not just ignoring their track record on this and we don't want any of our money to be funding Trump's projects."

The protesters also called for Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio to back their cause.

Protest leaders said they were able to have a brief meeting with DeFazio’s staff.

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