American in Every Way
By U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois
I first introduced the DREAM Act 16 years ago to protect the hundreds of thousands of talented young people who have grown up in this country, but were at risk of deportation to countries they barely remembered.
We’ve made progress, but they are still very much at risk today.
These young people have lived in America since they were children. They grew up pledging allegiance to the American flag, and singing the Star Spangled Banner, and they are American in every way except for their immigration status. Young immigrants don’t deserve to live in fear of deportation, and we have to do everything we can to protect them and their American dream.
This administration has made it clear where they stand on this issue by ramping up deportations, threatening to build a giant, unnecessary wall on our border with Mexico, and instituting a Muslim ban that runs completely against our values as Americans.
Our country is strong because of immigrants, not in spite of them.
They come here to build a better life, to escape persecution, to worship freely — to live the American dream that we all share.
I’m going to do everything in my power to protect DREAMers, and give them the chance to become American citizens and contribute to the brighter future we envision for all Americans.
Originally published at www.ofa.us.