A recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and alumnus of Liberty University is pressing Congress to pass legislation protecting Dreamers like himself before the policy expires next month.
Bruno Yupanqui, a DACA recipient who studied at Liberty and currently teaches high school English and is a graduate student at George Mason University, authored a column with Liberty professor Karen Swallow Prior published by The News & Advance on Sunday.
“I don’t know how much more I have to clarify that I’m more than just a statistic, whether that’s used positively or negatively. I don’t know how much more I have to continue telling others that I am American,” wrote Yupanqui.
“Dreamers are just like any other Americans. This is our home. This is the only country we know. And this is the only country we want to make great.”
Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.
Both Prior and Yupanqui wrote that they were urging “Congress to find a permanent solution to address DACA recipients’ situation right away.”
“Because it would take at least seven months to fully implement a solution, Congress must not delay further,” they explained.
“Continuing to put hundreds of thousands of hardworking young people at risk hurts not only them, but the communities to which they belong.”
Last September, the Trump administration announced that they were rescinding the Obama-era DACA program, which temporarily protected immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children, if they met certain requirements and applied for the program.
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Source: Christian Post