We’ve been hearing a lot about the Dreamers lately. These are people who were brought into the United States illegally as children and are eligible for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – a program that temporarily shields some young immigrants from deportation, and allows them to work legally. President Trump ordered an end to DACA back in September, putting 800,000 Dreamers in limbo. In the midst of all the political posturing concerning Dreamers, it’s tough to remember that the vast majority of them are simply people who have spent most of their lives in our country and love it dearly. Today we’re joined by two of them. Lizzette Arias is the Executive Director of the Dream Project, an Arlington-based non-profit that provides scholarships, mentoring, and advocacy for Dreamers; and Selena Caceres, a Yorktown High School student and Dream Project mentee. They join us to share their personal Dreamer stories, and their reactions to events on Capitol Hill.
An Arlington Dreamer who arrived in the U.S. at four months of age goes on to be a high school class valedictorian, college graduate, and Director of the Dream Project.
An eye-opening moment when a young girl realizes she may never see dear relatives again.
Giving hope and support to promising Dreamers.
The impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
FULL LIZETTE ARIAS AND SELENA CACERES INTERVIEW
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