What is a DREAMer?
Imagine your family leaving the only home you have ever known, all of your friends and relatives, and moving to a country where you don’t know anyone, and you don’t even speak the same language. Although you are scared, your parents tell you this new life will be better.
You will have more food to eat, more clothes, and more opportunities. What your parents don’t tell you is that they are not making this move legally, meaning they are not following the steps required by the government to live in this new country.
After settling into your new life, you make new friends, go to school and work hard to make good grades. You even go to college to create a life for yourself and your own family as an adult.
Suddenly your life is interrupted when you find out that you are not a legal citizen of this country, and the government has decided to make everyone who came to the country illegally leave.
This situation is actually happening to people all over the United States. To protect those who came to the country as children due to their parents moving here, the government has provided the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
This Act allows students who have graduated from high school (or who are currently going to school) a three-step process for becoming a legal citizens of the United States. DREAMers are the students and young adults protected by this act.