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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Petition: Bring the DREAM 30 Home

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The Petition:

To President Obama & Peter Vincent, Office of General Counsel, Acting Director Sandweg:

I write to ask that you allow the Dream 30 to come home, to reunite with their families here in the United States.

These student’s stories mimic the stories of Dreamers still living here in the States. They have the same dreams, aspirations, hopes and fears. They represent the very real struggle many in our community go through, living as outsiders in what they consider home. This frustration is what forced many to leave, while others were deported.

The Dream 30 are Americans; they’ve lived here in the United States since they were as young as 1. Most struggle to speak in their native tongue, facing discrimination in their native countries. Some have been rejected from schools, being told they are ‘foreign students,’ told they must re-do high school or other schooling in order to prove they can handle it. This all because, even in their native country, the Dream 30 are considered American.

When we hear your administration talk about Dreamers, and what they have to provide for this country, we think of students like Marco. Marco was raised in Dallas, Texas, he grew up knowing he’d go to college and become something. At every turn came a road block and in May of 2012, just a month before DACA, Marco left for Mexico. Life in Mexico never improved for him, he wasn’t able to attend college, stuck just working, and then DACA happened and Marco saw all of his friends move forward.

Marco’s Dreams are no different than the next person. Marco has Dreams of becoming a doctor, working with disabled children. The Dream 30 all have Dreams of giving back to their communities, here in America. I urge you to grant discretion for Marco and all of the Dream 30; Bring Them Home.

I urge for you to open a door for talented young people like Marco. Young people who are American, who want nothing more than to be able to contribute to their communities. If allowed to return, Marco hopes to one day become a doctor working with children with disabilities. The plight and story of the Dream 30 is in line with Marco’s. I believe they should be allowed to seek the American Dream.

Please allow for the Dream 30 to come home. #BringThemHome

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  1. grenadier's Avatar
    Sad story, no doubt, but it is essential that we "get real" about immigration. Illegal immigration is a completely voluntary act. No one is forced or dragooned into coming to the US illegally. In my career as a Consular Fraud Investigator with DoS I have interviewed literally thousands of intending immigrants in Mexico, El Salvador, and Ecuador. In every case they knew exactly what they were doing...they knew perfectly well they were breaking American law by entering illegally. Their attitude was exactly the same as that of a gambler at the craps table in Las Vegas...they understood that they had a chance to win but that that there was also a strong possibility that they would lose. When I have lost my stake at the craps table, I have to fold up and go home. No one there makes my losses good so I can continue at the table; the other players are not forced to contribute money to me so I can continue playing. I gambled and lost. Under exactly the same circumstances, why is it that when the illegals lose their gamble, we, the American citizens, are , according to most of the writers on this site, somehow supposed to make it good and support their continuing at the table? How does their loss become my responsibility?
    As to the rejection of these children by their "native" countries, that too is lamentable, but as Mexico, and most other immigrant-exporting countries, practice "jus sanguinis" they all are citizens of those respective countries...I'm guessing overwhelmingly Mexico and El Salvador...and the possibility that they don't choose to welcome their own citizens is again, certainly not my problem.
    In all fairness, however, I personally feel that these cases do have merit and certainly some, if not many, of those kids are probably pretty decent people whose cases should be individually considered and approved, if justified. What I object tois the "en masse" tendency I perceive on the left in this issue.
  2. Susan Pai's Avatar
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