After the Trump administration announced to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- which began during the Obama-era shielding undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally as children from deportation.
The Americans people used their voices and the power of social media to share their personal immigration stories and to defend the DREAMERS using the hashtag #HereToStay.
1. California Puervian teacher shares this sweet photo on Instagram.
"I stand with #Dreamers #DACA. I will always stand with those who mean no harm and pursue an education and a better life. Those little ones who came here without a choice made the U.S their home and contribute productively to society, even better than some of us. They DESERVE to be here. #DefendDACA#HereToStay #GetInformed". via Natalie De Souza Ferreyra
2. A daughter reflects on her mother's decision to come to America.
"My heart goes out to all of the Dreamers! My parents came here illegally when my mom was pregnant with me. I could have been one of these children and young adults who are now living in uncertainty and fear. My parents decided to fly to Mexico and cross the border so we could have a better future after Ecuador. If the only hope you have is to risk your life for your family. There are many Dreamers who only know the United States as their country, they may not even know the language where their parents are from. They have grown up here, have gone to school here, and are attending college, law school, a medical school so that they can give back to their communities. We cannot let thousands of Dreamers live in fear of what their future holds. We must continue to speak out and defend them. #HereToStay #IsupportDACA #daughterofimmigrants #latinaphysician#latinastrong #sisepuede"
3. This Latina sheds light on the "their taking our jobs" theory.
"They call us dreamers, yet we're the ones who never sleep". My sister isn't taking anyone's job, in fact, she's working a job that most people wouldn't take. She gets paid less than minimum wage due to her disabilities, yet she's up every morning at 5 am and out the door by six to go to work. She works five days a week, eight hours a day, files for taxes and never once do I hear her complain. She doesn't receive any government or financial help, everything she earns is due to her hard work. This is our home, a place of opportunities and freedom yet it is all being taken away by someone who shouldn't have such power. Many people think of DACA as if it was something that was handed out to just anyone, but the truth is that the 800,000 dreamers earned the rights to DACA. It's a costly process with many requirements and every single person who is dreamer not only is an employee but a student, someone with a struggle and goals. We work hard for our future, our country, and especially for our people. Fear is a well-known friend of ours and I know if we didn't stop then we won't stop now. I stand with the dreamers. #IStandWithTheDreamers #SupportDaca#HereToStay" via Ashley Navarro
4. A young girl declares her dreams aren't illegal.
Yesterday's announcement made me feel like this picture, sad and lonely. But I am not alone. I am part of the 800,000 and I will not let this destroy my dreams and future. I will never give up. #heretostay via Juana
5. Chicago college student becomes an engineer with the DACA benefits.
"A big thanks and hug to all of those who reached out to me. I'm okay, I have to be okay and am more than confident that this is just another obstacle that will overcome together. A huge favor I ask is to reach out to your representatives & be proactive in telling them how important it is to #defendDACA." via Karina
6. A thankful child pays homage to parents for making her America dream happen.
"Thank you to my mom and dad for taking a leap of faith for your family, AS ANY loving parent would do. I will not let you down or waste this opportunity out of laziness or fear to achieve great things." via Jessica Flores
7. Colombia woman shares a heartfelt message and childhood photo.
?It has been 20 years since I have come from Colombia. I am so blessed to call America home and for it being the place that I encountered Jesus. DACA has allowed me to work, drive and even start my own company. I am assured that God is faithful and good regardless of my situation. I trust in Him solely. Not having DACA does not define who I am. God defines who I am. I am accepted, I am loved, and I am not overlooked. I just pray that His will be done regardless of how that would look, my HOPE is found in Him. #DefendDACA"