This is one in a series of posts on individual Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as young children, many of whom are under threat of deportation following the Trump administration’s decision last month to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA.
Last month, Fatima, a first-year Case Western Reserve University (OH) student brought to the United States as a one-year-old from Honduras, traveled to Washington, DC, to tell her story to lawmakers.
Fatima was one of dozens of Dreamers who went to Capitol Hill as part of an advocacy event organized by FWD.us to stress the importance of Congress acting quickly to pass legislation protecting their status and ability to legally work, attend school, and serve in the military. She told The Observer that DACA has allowed her to flourish academically and personally, and that she hopes to use her voice to all of those impacted by the DACA rescission.
“I’m trying to raise my voice and to share my story” Fatima said. “We’re humans and we’re American in every single way except for a paper to prove that…The goal is just to become U.S. citizens and to be Americans. Because we are Americans and we just need to have that on paper.”
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