Maine "Dreamer" Speaks out Regarding End of DACA Program

Published: Sep. 6, 2017 at 7:32 AM EDT
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Of the 800,000 "Dreamers" protected by DACA, 95 live here in Maine.

Including 19 year old Fernando Martinez, a sophomore at the University of Southern Maine.

He came here from El Salvador when he was four.

Fernando says he can't imagine himself as anything other than an American.

He says DACA has provided him safety in recent years.

The program allowed him to legally drive, work, and get in-state tuition.

"If someone says, 'Why don't you just get your citizenship?' Trust me: I'd love to, but we've worked with lawyers since we've came here. We've paid thousands and thousands of dollars just to get a response that says we can't do anything." Says Fernando.

In July, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills signed a letter to President Trump, along with 19 other Attorney Generals, urging him to maintain DACA.

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