Para pleads for a ‘clean’ DREAM Act

New York paraprofessional and United Federation of Teachers member Lee-Ann Graham came to Washington last month to tell her story of being an African-American DACA recipient and to call on Congress for a clean Dream Act without any added enforcement measures. The Dream Act would provide aspiring Americans brought to the United States as children with a path to citizenship. “Dreamers” have grown up here and should be assured they can live, go to school, work and pursue their dreams without fear of detention or deportation. While some Dreamers have had a temporary work authorization and reprieve from the threat of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, that program was terminated on Sept. 5, leaving more than 800,000 beneficiaries at risk of deportation. DACA recipients include school support staff, teachers and students.