Let the Dreamers Dream

Cesar Flores, Journalist

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Land of The Free – that is the reason why so many parents bring their children to the United States illegally.

With President Obama in office, he made the decision to give the youth a chance to be someone in this country. President Obama started “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA). It is a permit that gives you the opportunity to do many things such as; get a job, a driver’s license, and purchase a home. In order to get accepted for this permit is a long process, applicants have to pay $495.00 just to apply, get fingerprints taken, pass a screening, and get a background check. Up to this date, 800,000 young people were given hope by Obama’s actions. DACA recipients are known as “Dreamers.”

Things have changed since then. Trump is now in office and has ended DACA as an executive order. Meaning that nobody else can obtain the permit and the ones with the permit will not be able to renew it once it expires. Many people are obviously affected because all their dreams that they thought they are finally able to live have been shattered. President Trump is asking Congress to pass legislation within the next six months.

What does this have to do with Paradise Valley? Many students are, or know, someone that is part of the Dreamers. I walked around the campus and asked staff members and students if they knew that anyone were being affected by the situation.

I conducted a poll of how many students  are being affected by it. 85 students were asked; 59 out of 85 students were affected by it. That is roughly sixty-nine percent.

We spoke to  one of our own students, Jorge Bouchan. He and his two siblings are all Dreamers. For those who do not know Jorge, he is a great athlete that plays for soccer and if you were to look at his grades they would be good grades. He aspires to be somebody in life and a professional soccer player to provide for his family and himself. When DACA came into play, he finally felt like he had the opportunity to achieve it.

When asked what he hopes to see, he replied. “I hope to see that they realize we are not bad people. We are here to get a chance. They crushed so many dreams but we just gotta keep fighting.”

“We will fight for you guys. If ICE.. tries to come onto this campus they will have to go through us first.” Mrs. Deblassi stated. With this statement, students should feel that the P.V staff is on their side.

I, Cesar Flores, a senior at Paradise Valley High school am being affected. My two cousins are part of the Dreamers. Just by thinking about them not having a chance to continue their life.  They had a chance taken away. I will stand up for someone’s dreams.

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  1. suzana on September 15th, 2017 10:28 AM

    AMAZING story … made me cry!!!!!!!

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