These are Americans in all but legal status — educated in our public schools, employed in our businesses. In hundreds of cases, they have defended this country as members of the armed forces. And we reject the anti-immigrant rhetoric that would have us believe that acceptance of Dreamers as countrymen diminishes the status of everyone else with legal status. It does not. The acceptance of young people who have committed no crimes (a condition of DACA often overlooked by its critics), who have demonstrated their value to society, who desire so passionately to be citizens and believe in the American dream, in American ideals, makes us stronger, makes this a more productive and fruitful place, makes us a fairer, more tolerant society.