February 20, 2013  

WNYC-Grantmakers Play an Important Role in Comprehensive Immigration Reform Efforts

Laughter and jokes belie the serious planning that’s taking place on the eighth floor of a building in midtown Manhattan. Five staffers of United We Dream are tackling everything from finding new space to long-term goals.

This group, started in 2008 by college students without legal status, has expanded to be the biggest youth-led immigrant organization in the country with 52 affiliates in 23 states. And they're hot on the heels of last year’s success.

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"We were able to not only organize at the grassroots level and mobilize young people all across the country," said said Cristina Jimenez, United We Dream's managing director, talking about last year.. "But we were also able to be sophisticated about our thinking and engaging with many immigration law experts."

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