I am an immigrant. My parents bought me to the United States in 1958 when I was 11 years old. Since then I have received an American education, become an American citizen, married an American, raised an American daughter and enjoyed the many freedoms and opportunities America offers. I have had a productive and rewarding career and gladly paid my fair share of taxes. I have participated in the political process by speaking out and always voting.

President Trump's cancellation of DACA is cruel, immoral and heartbreaking. The human impact of 800,000 young people losing their legal status in this country is unconscionable. Every one of them would lose their work authorization and be at risk for deportation.

These people came to the U.S. as children and America is their only home. They have no tools for survival if deported to a strange country. It is likely they don't even speak the language. I can't even begin to imagine having to move back to my birth country where I would be a total stranger.

It is now up to Congress to pass legislation that will keep the Dreamers in this country, allow them to live in freedom and become productive American citizens. America needs this special group of people. Immigration has made this country a better place. I want all immigrants to enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities that I have enjoyed.

Please write your senators and congress person. Ask them stand up for DACA.

JEFF GOULDEN

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