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DREAMers seek family protection following White House immigration proposal - Las Cruces Sun-News

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January 26, 2018  |  Ali Linan, Las Cruces Sun-News  |  Link to article

"LAS CRUCES - The main concern for many DREAMers is that their freedom does not come at the cost of their families.

The Trump administration laid out a proposal Thursday afternoon that would grant 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for a $25 billion trust fund to pay for a wall along the United States-Mexico border. But, it leaves out one key request of the DREAMers, and that is protection for their loved ones...

'As a base network, we believe all persons deserve protection. Therefore, we fight for each other and plan to continue putting pressure on Congress to act. We need a permanent solution that centers on keeping families together, our communities together,' said Richard Morales, immigration policy director of PICO National Network...

DACA recipient Laura [Peniche], [immigration leader with] Together Colorado, agreed...on the importance of the legislation protecting their families.

'In the DREAM Act we want a pathway to citizenship, but not at the cost of our parents,' Laura said. 'What good is it if my family and friends who don’t qualify for DACA aren’t with me?'

This article originally published on January 25, 2018 on Las Cruces Sun-News. It has been formatted for publication on Together Colorado's latest news page. 

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