"This is home": Tucson DREAMers line up for a chance to stay in country
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Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - 72-thousand DREAMers have already been approved to stay in the United States. Thousands more are just beginning the application process, and Thursday night they got a little help from local volunteers.
It was a line you had to see to believe. A line so long, it took hours for applicants just to get through the door at Pueblo High School.
"It's just crazy," said DREAMer Elena Morales. "It's been a crazy day." 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked Morales if the wait is been worth it. She replied, "Of course, it's worth it."
Morales says she's waiting in line for a chance to live out a dream. The faces that turned out today live in the shadows and live in fear. They are blamed for a decision their parents made for them.
"If you're in the United States and you don't have your documents, you wake up everyday wondering what's going to happen to you," said attorney Margot Cowan. "This is an opportunity to take care of the problem."
In June, President Obama promised DREAMers, the children of illegal immigrants a chance to stay in the country. That chance begins with a long application and a daunting process.
"It's kind of difficult," said dreamer Miguel Jacinto. "Everything has to be right. You have to make sure there are no mistakes at all."
Luckily for Jacinto, he's not doing this alone. Cowan and a flock of volunteers are helping these students. They're doing it free of charge.
"It's like a dream come true," said Morales.
Hundreds of DREAMers like Morales showed up to get that help. Volunteers answered dozens of questions from people with concerns about the application, the requirements and the process. They know so much is at stake.
Benito asked Morales what this opportunity means for her. She replied, "It means a lot. If I get it, I'll be able to study like normal people and not be scared anytime I go out if they're going to stop me. I would have my papers."
But at the end of the day, this is about a lot more than papers. These DREAMers know they are the people at the center of heated debate across the country. They know there are those who don't think they belong here.
Benito told Morales, "There are people who say you need to go back. What do you say to them?" She replied, "That they're crazy. I've been living here since I was little. It's home."
Volunteers tell 9OYS they will be at Pueblo High School every Thursday at 5 PM to assist anyone who needs help with their paperwork.
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