Bernie Sanders’s former press secretary is an illegal immigrant – who’s now in the process of being deported after her recent arrest in Washington, D.C.
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Erika Andiola, who worked for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign as the press secretary for Hispanic media, was arrested on Friday. Capitol Hill Police hauled her, six other illegal immigrants, and one “ally” after they staged a sit-in at the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Their protest was in response to the repeal of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Andiola, a native of Mexico, posted on Facebook and Twitter shortly after her arrest about refusal to cooperate with law enforcement.
She wrote: “I am still in police custody after being released last night at @SenSchumer’s office demanding he proves his claim to support Dreamers by organizing his caucus to block any spending deal that does not include a clean #DreamAct. I am refusing to cooperate and will remain in jail at risk of deportation… until he meets this demand.”
The group of Dreamers is now engaging in a hunger strike. They’re hoping that their actions will push Schumer into fighting harder for the DREAM Act – which would give legal status to illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children – before Congress votes on the next spending bill on December 22.
However, despite Schumer’s strong language in support of the DREAM Act back in September, he’s not indicated that he’s willing to initiate a government shutdown to guarantee the DREAM Act.