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While we welcome everyone to read this, this post is intended for those who are unfamiliar with the U.S. immigration system, its laws, and how it affects the group commonly known as “Documented Dreamers.”

As a generation, we can all agree that college is an experience best summed up as a whirlpool of emotions. As a freshman, the apprehension of setting on your own quest into the real world is often accompanied by the excitement of new opportunities and possibilities. As a senior in high school, the anxiety of figuring out your next move comes with the satisfaction of watching…


Pareen Mhatre & Niranjana Save

While we welcome everyone to read this, this post is intended for those who are unfamiliar with the U.S. immigration system, its laws, and how it affects the group commonly known as “Documented Dreamers.”

The DREAM Act — The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act — was introduced in 2001 by Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Orrin Hatch. While it did not pass despite several reintroductions, it gave way to a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands who came to the United States of children but were at risk of deportation. …


Hwanhee (Hilary) Yoon

Hello, my name is Hwanhee (Hilary) Yoon. I’m seventeen years old, and I’m currently a junior in high school. I am a Documented Dreamer.

My parents brought me and my siblings to the United States from South Korea when I was just 10 months old. Due to the lack of pathways to citizenship, I am still on a temporary visa though I have never left the U.S. since moving here almost 17 years ago. America is all I’ve ever known — I’m more comfortable speaking English than Korean, and because I was so young when I left Korea, I don’t…


Pareen Mhatre & Niranjana Save

While we welcome everyone to read this, this post is intended for those who are unfamiliar with the U.S. immigration system, its laws, and how it affects the group commonly known as “Documented Dreamers.”

The legal immigration system of the United States is one of the most complex immigration systems in the world. It’s simple to ask “why can’t they just get in line and apply for citizenship?” but the issue itself lies in the intricacies of the immigration process. …


My name is Padma, I’m 18 years old and I’m a senior in high school. When I was 8 months old, I took a life changing flight from Mumbai, India to the Boston Airport. This was my first flight ever, and it was the beginning of my life in America — the only life I’ve ever known.

Growing up, I always saw myself as every other American. My friends and I played in our backyards together, learned in the same classrooms, and our parents were friends. …


My name is Anagh Kulkarni. I’m currently a rising junior at the Ohio State University majoring in biomedical science and minoring in business.

I’m a Buckeye football fan, the little voice in my head only really knows English, and before it got drilled into my brain through my O-Chem classes (Thanks Dr. Bong), if someone gave me a temperature in Celsius, I’d have to convert it to Fahrenheit before I knew whether it was hot or cold. Having resided in this country for 18 years, I consider myself an American.

However, I’m also a Documented Dreamer.

Two photos of myself, taken 15 years apart. Mom hasn’t changed a bit.

My parents brought me…


Most American teenagers look forward to turning 21, but I dread it. I am American in every way except on paper and turning 21 means that I will age-out of the system and have to fight to stay in this country, a country that has become home to me.

My name is Lakshmi Parvathinathan and I am a Documented Dreamer. I have been living in the U.S. for nearly fourteen years now but my future here is not guaranteed. I may be forced to self-deport in two years.

I was born in Tamil Nadu, India and my parents brought me…

Improve The Dream

We are a youth-led advocacy organization bringing awareness for over 200k children of long-term visa holders facing self-deportation. Visit ImproveTheDream.org

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