DREAMers an important part of country

As Congress considers the DREAM Act 2017, legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the nearly 1.8 million DREAMers (young hard-working immigrants who came to the U.S. as children) it’s important to reaffirm that the diversity of our nation is what’s made our country strong, innovative, and prosperous. That’s one reason why U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017.

Dreamers significantly contribute to our economy. In fact, 6 percent of DACA recipients have already launched businesses that employ American citizens; and almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle and more than one in ten have purchased their first home.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that there’s majority support in our nation (78 percent), across party lines (including majority support from Trump voters), for fixing our broken immigration system by creating a path to citizenship; and also for protecting undocumented immigrants, the DREAMers, who came to the U.S. as young children.

Mary O’Neill

Presque Isle