Every photo is a story and in this photo series, The Chicago Tribune’s Abel Uribe captured the narrative of more than 40 'Dreamers' protected from deportation by DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program that the Trump administration wants to "wind down."
He says he discovered that these young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as minors, consider themselves American in every way. Most are attending or have graduated college and are engineers, lawyers, chefs, social workers and some are now parents.
While Congress currently debates on the future of the Dreamers, many activists and political leaders have taken to the streets to demand a ‘Clean Dream Act,’ a legislation that not only provides a path to citizenship for Dreamers under DACA, but to the rest of the undocumented community that never qualified for the program due the age cutoff or other requirements. And of course, in the deal, some demand that funding for the wall is not included.
Illinois has the nation’s third-largest population of DACA recipients. That is about 42, 701 people who have been approved for the program since its inception in 2012. Now, the young people who have been able to work legally and who have lived without the fear of being deported from the country they call home, are living in uncertainty once again.