If Congress fails to pass the DREAM Act in the coming months, between 3,300 to 3,500 young Missourians could face deportation. These are young people who came to the U.S. before the age of 15 with their parents and have lived in this country for most of their lives.
When former President Obama established Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), these young people were able to get work permits and also attend college legally. President Trump has rescinded the Obama executive order and called on Congress to put DACA on firmer legal footing by passing the DREAM Act.
Recently, a public radio station in Columbia, Missouri, KBIA, interviewed two young women who came to the U.S. as children and now worry about their future. Listen to dreamers’ voices to glimpse the human side of this controversial issue.