While many hope for iPads or Echos for Christmas, thousands of DREAMers are hoping for something much less tangible.
“My only Christmas wish is for a clean Dream Act to be passed,” Doris Romero, the co-founder of California DREAMers, told ABC10, “And for families to stay together with their loved ones.”
Romero is one of roughly 100 people who gathered Wednesday night at the Roseville Galleria for a rally calling on Congress – before the new year – to reinstate protections for undocumented students who came to the United States as children.
For Romero, this is personal. The 20-year-old DACA recipient was born in El Salvador but came to the United States at the age of 5.
“People say go back to your country. Go back to your home. Well this is my home,” she explained.
In September, President Trump decided to end the Obama-era “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program that gave work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. In a caveat, however, the administration also gave Congress until March 5 to potentially save it.
While DREAMers hope Congress would pass reforms before the new year, they have yet to act.
The rally Wednesday night was, as Romero described it, their “one last push” for a Dream Act to pass this year.
“It’s a very decisive moment we’re living in,” she said. “And although it doesn’t affect a lot of people, for those of us who are being affected, it definitely is very scary.”