The United States deported more than 400,000 illegal immigrants in 2013, the most of any year in the nation’s history according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Over three million students will graduate from high schools in the United States and begin pursuing the American Dream. Many will go off to college while others will join the workforce. Meanwhile, a select group of approximately 65,000 youth won't even get this opportunity. Why? These students are considered to be "illegal immigrants." Many of these young adults have lived, worked, and protected the United States for most of their lives and want nothing more than to be recognized as American citizens. Yet, their family history and how they came to America inevitably stops them and inhibits them from pursuing their dreams. These students are more than just a number or a statistic. Each of them has a story to be a told and a dream to be fulfilled. 

They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.” -President Barack Obama 

In June 2012, President Obama suspended deportations temporarily through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program affects as many as 1.7 million young illegal immigrants who came to this country as children. 

This story is dedicated to them.