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Dreamers Want Citizenship for All

December 10, 2012
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United We Dream is a network of groups working to give immigrant legal status to young people who are called Dreamers. After years of advocacy by Dreamers, President Obama granted some young people two years of deferral from deportation if they met certain conditions.

Last week, six hundred Dreamers, most of them young people, met in Kansas City, Missouri

At the convention, Dreamers noted the election returns showed the importance of Latino voters. They said President Obama owed them something for their support. They also said Republicans would never gain the White House unless they appealed to more Hispanic voters.

The United We Dream network then made a major new demand: a road map to citizenship for all undocumented residents.

Dreamers and supporters risked detention and possible deportation just by attending the convention. Fighting for citizenship is a big step in coming out for political action. However, living with the uncertainty of legal status for themselves and their parents is not what Dreamers want in the future.

They know the path is difficult. Many people oppose amnesty and citizenship for undocumented residents.

Any bill affecting legal status has to pass the House of Representative, which is controlled by Republicans.

Still, the change in position is dramatic and will be important to watch in the coming year.

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