The Dream Act of 2017 has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Called the United We Dream Act, it would offer a route to permanent legal status for millions of undocumented immigrant youth. The bill comes as ten Attorneys General sent a letter to Donald Trump threatening to sue if he doesn’t end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by September 5, 2017–a program that has protected nearly 800,000 young people like me from deportation.
DACA was created through Executive Order under President Obama and allows students and young people to stay in the U.S. depending on their age when brought to this country if they are pursuing certain educational, career and military paths. The Trump Administration has so far left the EO intact but is under new pressure from some opponents to overturn it and place in peril some young people who have voluntarily come forward.