Cowardice and Pettiness Prevail in the U.S. Senate and with
Op Ed by Rubén Castilla Herrera, Ohio Action Circle
On Dec. 18, 2010, our movement felt the sting of a temporary
legislative setback, but we have not been defeated. The courage
and commitment of undocumented young people and their families
were temporarily stymied by the cowardice of a Republican-led
filibuster. We won majorities in the House and Senate, in Ohio
we generated hundreds of thousands of calls, and the DREAMers
who brought us to this point have made DREAMers out of all of
“We are relieved that Bernard Pastor is free but the
fight for justice for the thousands of other Ohio Dreamers
continues”, said Nick Torres from the Ohio DREAMAct Network.
For the majority of Republicans, including outgoing Senator
George Voinovich, and the handful of Democrats who voted
against the best and the brightest of the Latino, Asian, and
immigrant communities, we know who you are, and we will never
We will demand an explanation from Senator George Voinovich, who
has said that he understands the need to correct our unjust
immigration system. He missed an opportunity to do so today.
“Your name will adorn the Inner Belt Bridge in Cleveland, but
your true legacy remains with your decision to ignore the rights
and dreams of the best and brightest young people in Ohio,”
stated Rubén Castilla Herrera cofounder of the Ohio
Many have expressed sympathy for the DREAMers. But today we did
not need or want sympathy. We needed votes. If you didn’t vote
for us, don’t expect us to vote for you.
We may not have won this battle, but when it comes to winning
the war between mass deportation and earned citizenship, it’s a
not a matter of if we win, but when.
We will win.
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