The Obama Administration has announced that it will allow DREAM Act eligible students to apply for deferred action, granting them protection against deportation and the ability to get work authorization.
There have been thousands of voices from all over the country praising the president for his decision and encouraging Congress to work for a permanent solution to the DREAMERS and also to millions others who have lived and worked here and are expecting a solution to their immigration problems.
There have been statements from priest, ministers, Congress people, politicians, teachers and others.
The young people who never gave up and made their issue evident to everyone, they are the ones to be praised. They have been courageous, and persistent. They organized themselves and open all possible channels of communication to tell their stories and present their arguments.
They confronted the system step by step and they did it by peaceful, intelligent means.
They have shown the country that they have merits to stay here and be part of its present and future.
They took risks by openly declaring their situation and sought resources and support, creating a growing group of people that supports them. Some of them already have been deported, others will now have an opportunity to remain and have a legal status in the country.
These young people, who were brought here at a very young age, have been raised and educated as Americans, and they have reacted accordingly. The administration response corresponds to their hard work.
It is also very appropriate that there is an answer at the time when many are graduating from high schools, colleges and universities, or they are hoping to enter a higher education institution.
They have the right to dream and work to fulfill their dreams, and they have done so. A big applause to the Dreamers and their supporters.
The next step though is to work in order to achieve a permanent solution that will give them full rights and access to a stable, fair and permanent status.
The president’s announcement is a big step in the right direction, but more has to be accomplished for them to feel free and safe, so that they may contribute and give back to the country they want to be part of.
This is a step to a comprehensive immigration reform.
Activists and advocates throughout the country must be alert to new changes, implementation and also to keep away the unscrupulous agents who offer their help and ask for huge amounts of money while doing unnecessary proceedings. We may surround the Dreamers not only of good wishes, but also with actions that may advance their cause.
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