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

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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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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In case you haven’t heard, Bennifer 1.0 is back. The famous early-2000s couple has been spotted spending time together in the wake of JLo’s split with A-Rod and Ben Affleck’s split with Cubana Ana de Armas. The news about their reconciliation is surprising the general public, as it’s been 17 years since the Hollywood power couple split up.

Needless to say, many fans have mixed feelings about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck getting back together, seeing as their 2004 split up was so messy the first time around.

But more than anything, fans have jokes. Here are some of the funniest tweets about Jlo and Ben Affleck getting back together.

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‘National Treasure’ Is Being Rebooted on Disney+ With a Latina Lead, And She’s a DREAMer!

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‘National Treasure’ Is Being Rebooted on Disney+ With a Latina Lead, And She’s a DREAMer!

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Look, the 2004 movie “National Treasure” may be corny, but it’s also a classic. We’ll admit that we’ve revisited the movie a few times over the years, and hey, it holds up!

After all, who doesn’t want to see Nicolas Cage steal the Declaration of Independence in order to find a mountain of hidden treasure? So, if you’re a fan of the original movie, we have good news for you.

Disney+ just announced that they’re rebooting “National Treasure” as a series. And, this time, the main character will be Latina!

You heard it here first, folks. According to Deadline, the series’ protagonist will be a twenty-year-old Latina named Jess Morales. Throughout the course of the series, Morales will “uncover her mysterious family history and recover lost treasure”.

And to make things even more exciting, Deadline also reported that Jess Morales will be a DREAMer! In addition, Morales will have a “diverse group of friends” who will help her in her adventure. Sounds a lot different than the completely-white 2004 cast.

And unlike the original, apolitical movies, the “National Treasure” reboot will explore issues of “identity, community, historical authorship and patriotism”.

Sounds juicy! While the original Nicolas Cage movies were fun, they definitely never looked at American history through a critical lens. The 2004 movie was much more about finding hidden treasure than exploring what it means to be a person of color in 21st century America.

The fact that the lead of the “National Treasure” reboot is Latina signals to the audience that there are different ways to be American. Being a white male (like Nicolas Cage) doesn’t make you “more American” than being a person of color does.

Of course, Twitter users couldn’t help but express their opinions about the “National Treasure” reboot.

This person made an on-point observation about how the premise of the “National Treasure” reboot sounds suspiciously familiar…

Jess Morales won’t be the first Latina to use a map to find hidden treasure!

And of course, there were the haters that were mad that the hero of “National Treasure” will no longer be an old white dude.

This man doesn’t sound bitter at all…

And naturally, there was plenty of Latino talent ready to throw their hat in the ring.

We can’t wait to see who Disney+ casts to play Jess Morales! We need as many Latinos represented on screen as we can get.

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