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Local DACA Immigrants: We Still Have a Dream

19 September 2017 No Comment
Mississippians protested outside the office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Sept. 8. Photo by Arielle Dreher

Mississippians protested outside the office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Sept. 8. Photo by Arielle Dreher

vonArielle Dreher

September 19, 2017

Courtesy of Jackson Free Press

Brenda Ramirez came to the United States from Mexico City when she was 9 years old with her family. She went to public schools and graduated from Ridgeland High School this past spring. She is working to help her mother out, and she plans to enter the Army—or was, until President Donald Trump announced he is phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Ramirez’s DACA status allowed her to continue to go to school, work and go into the Army without fear of deportation. Now her future in this country is in the hands of lawmakers in Congress, who will have to act on an immigration reform measure if they want to keep all or parts of the DACA program active.

I just wish the government wouldn’t take that away from us Dreamers,” Ramirez, now 18, said at a protest in downtown Jackson on Sept. 8. “I have a lot of goals in my life that I want to accomplish, and I just honestly feel like this is not right—this is something that is really hurtful for us.

Local DACA Immigrants: We Still Have a Dream

 

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