Students, community asking congress to pass Clean Dream Act

A 'Clean Dream Act' would let undocumented students continue to study in the U.S

Rochester, N.Y (WROC_TV) - Raul Ramirez grew up in the United States, but wasn't born here.

"We are from Mexico. I came to the U.S when I was three. I came with my mom and we crossed the border."

Now a senior at U of R, he's using a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA permit, to stay and finish school.

But the program, a homeland security policy that essentially took the target off the backs of undocumented youth like Ramirez, ended September 5th.

Current permits are valid until they expire, but it's unclear will happen beyond that, meaning Ramirez appears to be running out of time.

"It expires about two months before I graduate,” he said. I was already set on going to nursing school to work in the medical field, but as soon as that ended, I was like, I’m back to square one."

So he and many others gathered Wednesday night to discuss the need for a ‘Clean Dream Act’, which would let undocumented students continue to study and live in the only country they know.

For Ramirez, it's a fight for more than a piece of legislation.

"We want to be here. We want to contribute to society. This is the only thing we know."

Many at the meeting also expressed support for Temporary Protected Status recipients.

Under that status, immigrants are exempt from being deported because the U.S recognizes they are fleeing war, natural disasters and other conditions.

The trump administration ended TPS status programs for certain countries last month.

 


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