Washington: After stumbling from door to door, a large number of ‘documented dreamers’, including Indian-Americans, now want the uncertainty about their future to end. ‘Documented Dreamers’ are long-term visa holders who came to the US as children with their parents, grew up living there legally, but are subject to deportation when they turn 21. A group of ‘Documented Dreamers’ has approached several lawmakers at the US Capitol, urging them to support the recently introduced ‘America’s Children Act’.
These young ‘Dreamers’ number around 2,50,000. They are demanding such necessary law changes from the MPs, which can clear the way for their citizenship. Deep Patel, founder of the organization ‘Improve the Dream’, which is fighting on behalf of ‘documented dreamers’, said that it is time to ‘fix this age-related problem permanently and pass the ‘America’s Children Act’. Muhil Ravichandran, 24, who came to the US at the age of two, said she now has to move out of the country she has called home for nearly two decades.
Ravichandran said, ‘This means I will have to leave my family, as they have already got their green cards. It is very painful that I have to spend every day in the shadow of the fear that I will have to leave my house just because I am over age. After living in America for a long time, had to go out of the country.
He said that similarly, a nursing graduate living in the US for the last 17 years had to leave the country two years ago when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak and there was a shortage of nursing staff in the country. Patel said that ‘this year more than 10,000 people are facing similar threats. There is no justification for this. For us, our family is our country and that is why we need ‘America’s Children Act’.
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