Raven SantanaSep 11, 2017, 4:50 pm

Sen. Cory Booker hosts roundtable discussion with dreamers in New Jersey

Lawmaker plans to go to Washington to create a system where dreamers can stay in the United States

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker held a roundtable discussion Monday with dreamers in Newark to focus on the impact of President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

“What would happen if we got rid of the DACA program would be a self-inflicted wound to our country not just morally but economically,” Senator Booker said.

The program protects people who were brought into the United States illegally as children. Without the program, dreamers could be deported even though they spent a large portion of their lives in America.

“DACA recipients are American in every way except for one; they don't have a piece of paper. They’re people who have benefited from our country, as well as contributed to our nation,” Booker said.

Dreamers who spoke at the roundtable discussion say they aren't just worried about themselves, they're also worried about the families they support through the program.

“My sister and I are the ones who provide for my mother and even though my sister has a green card holder, I have DACA and for her to lose me is depriving her of half of her support,” DACA recipient Tony Choi said.

Senator Booker says he plans to go to Washington to try and create a system where dreamers can stay in the United States without the fear of deportation.

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