The Stories of “Dreamers”

When the Trump Administration last September rescinded the Obama Administrations executive order protecting undocumented young people who had been brought to this country as children, the President gave six months for Congress to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act. As 2017 draws to a close, Congress now has three months ten to decide on the fate of 800,000 young people, many of whom have spent most of their lives in this country.

Catholic News Service, working with Catholic editors around the country, is seeking to tell the stories of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who now call this country home. This project is a work in progress, but we would like to share with you a few of these stories as well as additional background your editors may find useful.

Meet some of the Dreamers who will be affected by any decision by Congress to address, or ignore, the plight of young immigrants raised in this country, which they call their home. Students, tutors, a small business owner: All contributing to the society they have grown up in, but now at risk for deportation.­is-the-only-home-they-know/

“This is our country. This is all we know.” Mirna Lozano was 4 years old when she arrived in the United States. Today this former class president is a youth minister who is grateful for the support the Church has given her.

A mother of three Dreamers has been fasting in front of Congress for her children and others who now are at risk for deportation. Her children – a businessman, an undergrad and a graduate student – exemplify the gifts these children bring to their adopted country:

Daniela, a Dreamer at Trinity Washington University who hopes one day to be a teacher. /12/08/trinity-student-studies-works-to-create-her-preferred-future/

“We’re not a political hot potato!” Original reaction to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would
rescind DACA.




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