A Nebraska Dreamer sees hope in new immigration bill
The American Dream and Promise Act was passed by the House almost two weeks ago, now its up to the Senate. A local Dreamer is speaking out, saying this could be a lot of people's answer to a dream long deferred.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The American Dream and Promise Act was passed by the House almost two weeks ago, now its up to the Senate.
A local immigrant is speaking out, saying this could be a lot of people’s answer to a dream long deferred.
“What if I buy a house and then DACA gets taken away and then I can’t work? How do I pay for the mortgage?”
Joseline Reyna says immigrants worry about the simple things, like buying a house or traveling because DACA and work card statuses remain unstable.
The American Dream and Promise Act could pave a way to U.S. citizenship for those brought to the U.S. as a minor. Reyna is one of the Nebraskan Dreamers who hope the bill, now passed by the House, is passed by the Senate. She was brought to the country as a child.
“We did move here because my parents wanted a better future for my brother and I,” said Reyna. “The place where I was born, is a very dangerous city in Mexico. At one point it was considered the most dangerous city in the world. So for us, it was important to, you know, move to a safer place and a place where you know my parents know we could get a better education.”
She did just that, graduating from UNL with a degree and now giving back to her community in Grand Island. Reyna says the act would give reassurance that one could become a U.S. citizen.
“The Promise Act coming out this time is such a relief, I think, at least for me, I can say over the past four years, I feel like I’ve been on the, like, what’s going to happen you know being scared of you know my work for me and being taken away.”
She talks about her father’s dream.
“I know for him, you know, I think it’s important, but I think he cares more than my brother and I have a status,” said Reyna. “So I know like personally like I can refer to him and know that like, you know, this excites him.”
Reyna adds older Dreamers have the hope for their children, as the bill has not passed for them in the past. This one could protect their next generation. She says as a U.S. citizen she would be excited to vote and travel.
“One of the biggest things for me is being able to travel outside the country and visiting my family I haven’t seen them over 16 years,” said Reyna. “That’s a big deal for me you know. I told some of my friends I was like, if this gets passed, and, God willing, I get a green card I was like, that is the first thing booking I’m booking a flight and I want to go see my grandma.”
Reyna now helps other Nebraskan immigrants in grand island and says the American Dream and Promise Act would help all immigrants continue to invest in the community.