Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, met with D.C. United rookie midfielder and DACA recipient Miguel Aguilar to celebrate the contributions of Hispanics to all aspects of American culture, including sports. Together they discussed the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform and how Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is helping immigrant youth achieve their goals. During the meeting, Aguilar thanked Senator Reid for his unwavering support of DREAMers and for leading the passage of immigration reform in the Senate in 2013. Reid was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act and twice urged President Obama to take action on his own to help immigrant families when Republicans refused to do so. Over 680,ooo undocumented young people have benefited from DACA since its implementation in 2012.
“I was delighted to meet with Miguel and hear his incredible story. He exemplifies the dedication and optimism I have so often witnessed in our country’s DREAMers. Deferred action has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants like Miguel, allowing them to live without fear of deportation, go to college, and become doctors, entrepreneurs, or even professional athletes,” said Reid. “However, this is only a temporary fix. Miguel’s story underlines the need for a permanent solution to our broken immigration system. I remain committed to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform and preserving the executive actions announced by the President to address a problem all too real for many in the Hispanic community. I ask my Republican colleagues to work with Democrats to keep families like Miguel’s together.”
Born in Juarez, Mexico, Miguel Aguilar came to the United States at age 11. He graduated with honors from University of San Francisco with a degree in finance and was drafted seventeenth overall by D.C. United in January. Aguilar is one of the first deferred action recipients to sign a contract with a major professional sports team.