Youth-led organization United We Dream issued a scathing letter criticizing President Obama for using his recent speech on immigration as the basis for a fundraising ad.



This week, President Obama addressed a crowd in El Paso, Texas regarding immigration Reform. DREAMers from across the country watched, waiting, and hoping to see a concrete action plan that would complement the next day's historic introduction of a bill that would bring relief to the more than 2 million Dreamers that would qualify for the DREAM Act. That same evening, President Obama sent out a fundraising email about his immigration speech. The Obama campaign email solicits for a contribution on their website and on Facebook to raise funds for his 2012 presidential campaign, using the DREAM Act.

Instead of choosing to end our pain, he has chosen to use our suffering to grow his campaign. We find this both disappointing and offensive and demand that the Obama campaign take this ad down immediately. To see the Ad click here

Leaders, activists, and supporters across the nation are angry by an immigration speech quickly followed up with a call for donations for passing the DREAM Act, asking people to pay for his leadership.

Erika Andiola, leader in United We Dream (UWD), and the Arizona Dream Act Coalition said, "The president hasn't used his power to bring relief to immigrant families, but now expects people to make donations and grant him their vote. Obama, ¡Así no se puede!"

This Thursday, we launched a nationwide petition requesting the Obama campaign to take down these ads and focus on delivering results like stopping the deportations of DREAMers before asking for our money. Click here to sign the petition. "We Ask President Obama to take down these ads immediately and take real action in stopping our deportation as we join leaders like Senator Reid, Durbin and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Howard Berman in our fight to pass the DREAM Act," said Felipe Matos, UWD leader and member of Students Working for Equal Rights in Florida.