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Lawmakers call for immigration relief for 'Documented Dreamers'

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A group of mostly Democratic lawmakers are asking the Department of Homeland Security to take measures to protect so-called "Documented Dreamers."

Documented Dreamers are immigrants who lack a pathway to permanent residency, because they came to the U.S. on their parents’ visas and age out of that immigration status once they turn 21.

After that, they must obtain their own temporary immigration status, which can take years, or face the possibility of deportation.

Now, Sen. Kysten Sinema and Rep. Raul Grijalva are among more than three dozen congressional leaders calling for more reforms to protect them.

In a letter to DHS officials, the lawmakers say Documented Dreamers are at risk of being forced to leave — despite growing up, getting educated and making lives in the U.S. They say DHS should instate protections like parole — to allow them stay in the U.S. — and expand work permits.

Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.
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