LET'S IMPROVE THE DREAM!
TO SIGN THE PETITION
TO CALL CONGRESS
Improve The Dream brings awareness to children who have grown up in the United States as child dependents of long-term visa holders, but face self-deportation after aging-out. Many Americans are not aware that it is possible for an immigrant child to grow up in the United States with a documented status, but still have no clear path to citizenship. Efforts to protect Dreamers, such as DACA and the proposed Dream Act have historically excluded Documented Dreamers, only because of the *requirement* for applicants to be undocumented.
These excluded dreamers are children who were brought to the United States as child dependents of small business investors and high-skilled workers, primarily on E2 or H4 visas. Due to some visas, such as the E2 visa, not having a path to citizenship, or other visas having long backlogs for a green card, these young dreamers must "self-deport" and leave the country at 21, even if they have spent all of their lives here.
Solution: Permanently end aging-out and ensure all future action addressing Dreamers allows children who maintained status to qualify if they meet all eligibility criteria, except the *requirement* to be undocumented.
Documented Dreamers who call America home
Average age when brought to the U.S. by parents
Average years spent growing up and contributing in U.S.
Net Fiscal Benefit to the U.S. if documented Dreamers stay
Tom arrived to the United States from England when he was 3 years old. He feels American and wants a chance to stay in the United States, which he considers his only home.
Paige arrived to the United States from Trinidad when she was 6 years old. She is now 15 and dreams of becoming a trauma surgeon some day. But she can't dream without help from Congress.
Morgan arrived to the United States in 2004, when she was 7 years old. She is now 22 and studying Biomedical Sciences at University of South Florida. She faces leaving the only country she knows upon graduation.