CONYERS — On March 6, three Dreamers (DACA) and one Temporary Protected Status (TPS) resident from Georgia traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate directly to their members of Congress for passage of bipartisan legislation that will provide permanent protections to individuals living in the U.S.

One of the Dreamers was Cinthya Moran Leal, a Heritage High School graduate who came to the U.S. at the age of 3 and is now a health care technician who dreams of studying to become a surgeon.

“I graduated with honors from high school, but because of the uncertainty surrounding DACA, my hard work could all be at risk,” said Leal. “I have so much to contribute to this amazing country, and I just want the opportunity to achieve my full potential. There are so many Dreamers like me who will be able to achieve incredible things and give back so much if we are just given the chance. We need Congress to help make our dreams a reality.”

The Georgia Dreamers joined a diverse group of nearly 80 individuals from 12 different states, including DACA recipients who are pursuing higher education, TPS holders who have rebuilt their lives in the United States after fleeing natural disasters in their home countries and Liberian American Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. Each participant is at risk of being deported to countries they may not have seen in decades.

To find out more about DACA policy, visit www.ilrc.org/daca.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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