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Protesters demanding a clean DREAM Act march from Daley Plaza to Trump Tower in Chicago on Jan. 17.
Protesters demanding a clean DREAM Act march from Daley Plaza to Trump Tower in Chicago on Jan. 17. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)

Time is running out. Every day that Congress fails to pass the DREAM Act – a path to lawful immigration status for DREAMers – 122 people lose their DACA protections (“It’s not too late for Congress to pass a DREAM act,” Jan. 10).

Although the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun accepting DACA renewals again, as ordered by a federal court in California, we do not know how long this reprieve for DREAMers will last. President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is fighting hard and asking the Supreme Court for immediate review of the order.

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While White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appears confident a deal on DACA will be reached (Kelly calls Dreamer protection 'a done deal',” Jan. 18), I remain convinced President Trump and his administration have no love for DREAMers or immigrants.

We cannot rely on him for a “bill of love.” Instead, we must pick up the phone, head to town hall meetings and flood the streets to demand that Congress take immediate action and finally pass a clean version of the DREAM Act.

Nickole Miller, Baltimore

The writer is a clinical teaching fellow with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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