LET'S IMPROVE THE DREAM!
TO SIGN THE PETITION
TO CALL CONGRESS
Improve The Dream is bringing awareness to the exclusion of "documented Dreamers" from DACA and the Dream Act. The Dream Act is proposed legislation intending to provide a path to citizenship for children who were brought to the United States at a young age by their parents. Unfortunately, with the way legislation is being written, this premise does not hold true for ALL children who grew up here. Currently, both DACA and the Dream Act *require* applicants to be undocumented, thereby excluding the children of legal visa holders, who are often in the same situation with no pathway to citizenship.
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.
The solution is simple: All future action addressing Dreamers should allow children who have maintained legal status to qualify if they meet all eligibility criteria, except the *requirement* to be undocumented.