Ginnie Graham: Tulsa Dreamer explains the bigger dream of immigration reform to columnists
The lowest proportion are newcomers and those who have lived in the country for less than five years.
Now adult dreamers are waiting for Congress to ditch the outdated immigration system for laws geared towards economic opportunity and family stability.
Inaction made the dream act too small; The dream has gotten a lot bigger.
“It’s amazing how much more I can do with just DACA,” said Reyes. “If the dream law that ultimately led to citizenship had been passed, it would have opened my world even more at the time. Now I feel like it’s postponed.
“We don’t just want DACA or the Dream Act, we believe that there must be reforms that involve a lot more people than just dreamers.”
The Dream Law was proposed as the first step in reforms to allow children who were illegally brought here by their parents to stay. The provisions for background checks, education, work, and good behavior are the same as in DACA.
DACA originated in the Obama administration out of frustration with Congress. Presidents cannot change immigration laws, but they can prioritize deportations.
The Trump administration tried to liquidate the program, but the US Supreme Court held it up.
For Reyes, DACA was life changing. He graduated from Tulsa Public Schools but was unable to obtain college scholarships or government-sponsored loans because it was undocumented.