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These #OriginalDreamers Stories Will Move You to Tears


As the conversation around immigration, Dreamers, ICE raids and the repeal of DACA continue to swirl in all corners of the internet, #OriginalDreamers has emerged to remind us of why everyday people cross deserts, oceans, miles of jungles, and risk death in search of a better life in the United States. The media tends to portray the parents of Dreamers and DACA recipients as irresponsible criminals who came here to steal from the U.S., however the hashtag popping up across social media, #OriginalDreamers, humanizes the conversation by showing how many people have had a fighting chance because their family members sacrificed themselves for the next generation. Here are a few of the most heart-wrenching and thought-provoking responses by the children who honor their parent’s struggle and sacrifice.

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Crossing the border is often a traumatic experience, but we seldom hear about how traumatic living in constant fear of being arrested or separated from your family is.

So much of the conversation about Dreamers and immigrants revolves around what they take, something that is not referenced in the media is how much people who come here leave behind.

Something many people don’t realize is that once immigrants get here the struggle doesn’t get any easier. It is really hard for immigrants to accumulate wealth when they are paid so little.

We should always remember that so many people sell their most prized possessions back home in order to make the trip to the U.S. possible.

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When politicians say immigrants come here for a hand out they fail to recognize how hard immigrants must work in order to maintain a family. Many work insane hours, 7 days a week, rain or shine in order to make ends meet.

Dreamers come from all over the world not just Mexico. Almost all have to learn a new language and adapt to new customs.

Borders separate families but deportations make reunification nearly impossible. Imagine having to choose between everything you’ve worked for in the U.S. and your own child?

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The #OriginalDreamers are achievers! Don’t forget that many of our parent’s are self made entrepreneurs who started with nothing and turned it into something incredible.

You can still call yourself an American and be proud of where you came from! #OriginalDreamers stay proud of their roots.

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