DREAMers to Congress: Don't Mess With Us [Opinion]

No more double-talk. It's time to decide once and for all if they are going to be on the right side of history and support immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship.

As DREAMers, we've proven time and time again that we're willing to confront members of both parties and that we're willing to work with either party.

So, once again, we will not just be watching Senator Rubio and his fellow Republicans. Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Chuck Schumer and their colleagues need to know: we will also be watching Democrats.

Latino voters helped the Democrats hold their majority in 2010 and 2012. Now, will Democrats fight for us? Will they stand strong and refuse to compromise on the path to citizenship? Will they fight against attempts to water down or weaken the bill? Will they stand up and fight for families to be able to reunite?

We won't allow either party to trade away key pieces of the bill that matter deeply to our families and communities. This bill already reflects a political compromise, one that imposes too long of a wait for citizenship with too many roadblocks.

Our message to the Senate is clear: we are watching, challenging, confronting. And as Senator Rubio's mother advised: don't mess with us.

Cristina Jiménez is the managing director of United We Dream, the country's largest immigrant youth-led network.

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