Support the DREAMers

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In the United States right now there are 800,000 young undocumented workers who are not citizens of America or any other country. They were brought to the United States by their parents at a young age with no documentation. They have grown up in American society for the past number of years and “are American in every way, except on paper.” They are known as DREAMrs (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). In 2010, 70% of the American population was in favor of passing the DREAM act; legislation which officially created a pathway to citizenship for these individuals, however the act did not pass in Congress. President Obama responded by signing an Executive Order creating a temporary program called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The purpose of DACA was “to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation.” This gives undocumented immigrants 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. In September 2017 President Trump announced that he was ending DACA effective 6 months from the date it was announced. If President Trump's decision is not changed these individuals will be deported to a country that they have never known. Many will be separated from their parents. This seems to be especially cruel and in many ways does not reflect American values. These children did nothing wrong and we have a long tradition in America of not holding children accountable for the sins of their parents. An additional reason to sign this petition and support DACA is the positive impact these people have on our country. These are people who serve in the military and are great for the economy. Potentially, giving these eligible workers pathway to citizenship would add a total of $22.7 billion annually to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Please consider signing this petition, not only for the good of these people but also for the good of our country. 

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