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Twitter Users Are Sharing Heart Warming Stories About Parents Who Sacrificed For Their Children By Immigrating To The U.S.

11/08/17 Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

In September, the Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which would put nearly 800,000 young people out of work and at risk for deportation.

Since that decision, activists and fellow undocumented immigrants have been demanding that Congress pass The Dream Act of 2017, which would protect undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as minors from being deported and being kicked out of the workforce. Activists and DACA recipients are fighting for a “clean” Dream Act to be passed by Congress to protect their undocumented parents from deportation as well.

For so many people, their parents are the original Dreamers, leaving behind their home country in order to better the lives of their families. Despite the uncertainty from the Trump administration, people are sharing stories of their family’s immigration to the U.S. using #OriginalDreamers. Those who have shared photos and stories tell of their parents’ love and sacrifice in pursuit of the American Dream. Here are some of the touching stories being shared.

People are honoring their fearless family members that first came to the United States.

Imagine leaving behind everything you’ve ever known to move to a different country to start over.

They’re showing everyone what true sacrifice looks like.

It looks like long hours in backbreaking work for very little pay, all spent to support loved ones. Despite the uncertainty and physical demand of some of these jobs, our parents persisted and worked hard to give us a good life.

The hashtag is filled with photos of young people hungry for a new life, with words of gratitude from their children that have had greater opportunities because of them.

“My victories are your victories; thank you mom and dad [I’m] forever grateful,” @ksantamaria_ wrote.

Some of the stories shared under #OriginalDreamers paint a vivid picture of heartbreaking experiences.

The wide range of stories shared show how different and unique every immigrant’s experience is. These parents are powerful examples of the kinds of sacrifices many people would be too scared to make.

Proud children are also sharing the success stories of those #OriginalDreamers.

Many came to the U.S. and did work many Americans would never do. They were maids, janitors, and farm workers, but above all, they are loving parents doing the best they can for their kids. It is easy to forget how hard parents had to work to build their lives as immigrants. #OriginalDreamers gives us a chance to reflect on the hard work they put in for the benefit of the next generation.

The most prominent theme among #OriginalDreamers was sending money back to the family left behind.

Because of this, children of #OriginalDreamers show pride for their hard-working parents.

Family always looks out for one another, and we learned that from our parents.

Some parents never got to see their children reach the success they helped pave for them.

But that doesn’t mean their children can’t show their love and appreciation. 💜 💜 💜

These stories show immigrant’s resilience and strength, and the legacy they build in America.

Now that you’re officially crying, don’t forget to tell your parents that you love them.


READ: #ImmigrantHeritageMonth Proves That We Are Truly United Because We Love This Country

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