Last month, C.L.A.S.S. Superstar Jhon Gaytan Espejo traveled to Washington, D. C. to meet with senators and representatives regarding the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2017.
The DREAM Act is a legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for qualifying undocumented minors in the United States that would first grant conditional residency and, upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency. There were 28 students from 10 different cities all over Tennessee that traveled to Washington, D.C. In addition to meeting with senators and representatives, the students took part in a private tour of the senate and house.
For Jhon, participating in this meeting was inspiring. "When was 10,11,12, I remember young people participating in civil disobedience at the White House and other parts of D.C. I used to think that those people where brave. I never knew what they were fighting for. Now I am doing the same thing that the young kids I saw on T.V were doing. Standing up for what is right."
On November 21, participants from the trip held a vigil in support of the DREAM Act and Temporary Protection Status (TPS), a program that provided temporary immigration status to the United States to people from dangerous countries.
Read more about the DREAM Act and TPS.