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Aguirre is one of hundreds of undocumented young people who have uprooted their lives to advocate for a bill that would grant them legal status and a path to citizenship. In the nation’s capital, they sleep in canada goose outlet 80 off churches, houses and, less often, hotels. They spend their days canada goose outlet edmonton preparing to go to the Capitol, visiting lawmakers’ offices and sharing their stories in hopes canada goose outlet online store of rallying support. They spend their nights hanging out and talking, often too tired to do much else. Their form of fun is chanting, Aguirre said.

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Aguirre attended a semester of college but wasn’t able to finish a degree because of the cost. Although some states offer lower in state tuition at public universities to undocumented immigrants who grew up there, South Carolina does not. Initially, she didn’t see herself reflected in the Dreamer narrative, which in the past focused largely on young people in graduation caps and gowns or holding upscale jobs. as children all deserve help as do their families.

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When Senate Democrats voted last month to reopen the government without renewing DACA protections, many undocumented young people watched from the gallery in tears. But Arlin said she reminded them that they are powerful.