Let’s help state’s dreamers succeed -- Frances Hoffman

October 30, 2017 GMT

When President Donald Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he threw the lives of 800,000 immigrants who are protected by the program protects into uncertainty.

According to this year’s Annie E. Casey’s Foundation’s “Race for Results,” as referenced by Ken Taylor of Kids Forward in a recent article on Wisconsin’s racial disparity in child well-being, 143,000 kids are from immigrant families in Wisconsin. The report notes that “dreamers,” young people brought to this country by their parents, can be powerful contributors to our economy. But they sometimes face extra barriers.

We should recognize dreamers as human beings, not bargaining chips to ransom greater spending on border security.

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Terminating DACA violates our nation’s values and sends a message of exclusion to immigrant young people, many of whom know no other country but the United States.

We must call on our members of Congress for swift and clean passage of the Dream Act of 2017.

Frances Hoffman, DeForest