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Daily News-Miner: Congress: Look at Anchorage and pass the Dream Act

As a former state senator and chairwoman of the International Trade and Tourism Committee, I have met Alaskans from all walks of life who continue to amaze me. Thanksgiving only reinforces what I learned in the Alaska Legislature: Alaskans are compassionate and hardworking.

 In these times, it is more important than ever to remember this spirit of acceptance and reflect on why we are grateful to be Alaskans. At Thanksgiving, I feel grateful for the generosity I’ve witnessed time and again when residents welcome transplants and their families to our state. Alaskans understand that the hands and labor of newcomers have always played a major role in building community and strengthening Alaska’s economy.

That’s why I know readers are with me when I say this: Congress needs to pass legislation that will allow the nation’s 800,000 Dreamers to stay in this country — permanently. Previously, Dreamers were protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was rescinded by President Donald Trump on Sept. 5, passing the torch to Congress to find them a long-term legislative solution. These young men and women were brought to this country when they were very young. They came to the United States illegally but through no fault of their own.

Read the full story from the Daily News-Miner: “Congress: Look at Anchorage and pass the Dream Act”

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