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Dreamers: It’s not politics or policy. It’s personal.

Since 2012, nearly 900,000 young undocumented immigrants or "Dreamers" have had their initial applications accepted under the DREAM Act.

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The program protects immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation and allows them to legally work in the country for a renewable two-year period.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration ended the program in September 2017.

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We asked DACA recipients and their loved ones to share with us the impact the end of the program will have on them.

Here’s what they said:

I’m American at heart. This is my home.”

Araceli Padilla

Nevada

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My mom was trying to give me a better life by bringing me here.”

Calisto Nyambura

Nebraska

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Guys, I belong here. I’m here to stay. I’m sorry.”

Ceci Druetta

Maryland

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This country is all I’ve ever known.”

Marco Collins

Iowa

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It goes contrary to the American values that I know…”

Isaac Lopez

North Carolina

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DACA may have ended today, but it does not define who I am.”

Belén Sisa

Arizona

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