Today, HRC released a powerful new video featuring Mo, an LGBTQ Dreamer who faces the tragedy of deportation after nearly a lifetime in the only country he’s ever known:
“The United States is my home,” said Mo, in the video. “I live here, my entire life is here. I have a future planned out in my head… I honestly don’t know what I’d do. I don’t know what value, per se, my education would have. I don’t know anyone in Mexico. Going back would really mean just me arriving without any kind of plan. So, it’s terrifying.”
Mo is part of the immigrant youth-led United We Dream network working to change hearts and minds for the passage of a common-sense, bipartisan DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is widely-supported, bipartisan legislation in Congress that would grant temporary legal status and a pathway to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, including 75,000 LGBTQ immigrants. Despite its widespread support, Congress has not passed it, which led the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) by the Obama administration in 2012 to protect Dreamers and grant them temporary legal status. However, the Trump Administration announced that it would end that program by March 5, 2018, putting them once again at risk. . With every day Congress delays in passing the DREAM Act, lawmakers are putting more and more people at risk of deportation and violence.