During President Obama’s administration, he introduced the Dream Act, which allowed children who came to the United States with their undocumented parent a path toward legal status if they attend college or serve in the military. However, since President Trump’s administration, many believed the Dreamers are no longer protected, and they will encounter larger obstacles in living out their dream.
A recent report by Los Angeles Times stated that a 23 years-old “Dreamer” sues the Trump Administration over his deportation to Mexico. The 23 years-old “Dreamer”, Juan Manuel Montes claimed that he has permission to live and work in the United States under Obama’s Dream Act. Juan Manuel Montes is a Mexican national who had lived in the U.S. since he was 9, he file a lawsuit demanding that federal officials release information about why he was deported.
Montes was deported on February 17th, 2017. He has learning disabilities after suffering a traumatic brain injury at a young age. He was working at California’s agricultural field to support his family while studying welding at a community college.
According to Monte’s claim, he is protected under the Dream Act, and is legally to resides in the U.S. It is immoral to depart Monte considering his learning disabilities and his qualification as a “dreamer”. In the interview, Monte claimed that he was afraid and he did not know the reason, he was forced out of the country without any specific explanation. His work permit and DACA status were both valid.
Monte’s deportation challenged Trump’s promise of protecting children that came to this country with their parents from deportation. There is an estimated of 742,000 “Dreamers” in the U.S. and about one-third of them resides in California. The advocacy director with United We Dream, Greisa Martinez described the deportation of Monte as an attack. She said, “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us and we’ve got Juan’s back”. There should not be anymore attacks on the Dreamers. Their dreams CAN’T wait!
Let’s protect the Dreamer in our country, and let them live out their dreams! We urge you to contact your local Congressional representatives about this issue, and ask them to protect ALL the dreamers in our country!!!