Immigrant youth need a clean DREAM Act

Earlier this month, when the Trump administration killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, immigrant youth leaders and our allies immediately sprang into action.

In cities and states across the country, we took to the streets, to courthouses, the halls of Congress and the White House to defend our future. Since then, immigrant youth from red and blue states have been on Capitol Hill every day calling for a clean DREAM Act without dangerous enforcement add-ons, which would hurt our families and border communities.

Often, in the Washington press, DACA has been covered as an “Obama-era immigration policy.” While it’s true that President Obama did create DACA in 2012 through executive action, it was immigrant youth who courageously stood their ground and pressured Obama to establish the program. It was not something Democratic President Obama would have done without our consistent pressure.

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