The struggle of the “Dreamers” for citizenship


The founder of Improve The Dream, Dip Patel, discussed his goals for raising awareness of “documented dreamers” and for immigration law reform in an interview with Fox News’ David Spunt.

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Dip Patel was born in India, but after a brief stopover in Canada, he officially immigrated to the United States at the age of nine on his parents’ work visa.

When more than 200,000 people, like Dip, reach the age of 21, they age out of the system, have to wait in line for a green card, or perhaps have to leave the country because of nation restrictions on some employment-based visas.

According to Patel, who spoke to Fox News, “most people aren’t aware of the possibility that an immigrant child may be brought here lawfully, nurtured, and schooled here, but still not have a clear means to stay or a road to citizenship.”


Documented Dreamers hold a press conference on Capitol Hill, Aug. 4, 2022.

On August 4, 2022, Dreamers conduct a press conference on Capitol Hill. (Video in Pool)

Patel has worked for years to attempt and raise awareness of documented dreamers with the help of other members of his organisation, Improve the Dream. He was initially discussed by Fox News in 2019. Advocates on both sides of the political spectrum are trying to stop the clock from running out.

Office of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, img2. (Keith Bedford for Reuters)

“We are referred to be known dreamers. That’s to underline that while we are young people who grew up here, we do have some sort of legal status that is formally documented, he said.

Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican from Iowa, was one of the first members to raise her hand 18 months ago.

“We require these talented young individuals. These young people are here with their parents, in contrast to mention of other people who come here illegally through no fault of their own, she noted.

Miller-Meeks contributed to the creation of the America’s Children Act. It was approved by the House earlier this year as a component of the National Defense Authorization Act. This November, the Senate will vote.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, helped create the America's Children Act.

The America’s Children Act was drafted with assistance from Iowan congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks. (Image credit: Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)

Patel and other documented dreamers will have breathing room if the bill is passed and signed by President Biden, allowing them to maintain their position in the lengthy and still-growing green card queue.

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Currently, David Spunt works as a correspondent for FOX News Channel out of Washington, D.C. (FNC). In December 2018, he joined the network.