Ellen DeGeneres showed her support for DREAMers last month, wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the message ‘We Are All Dreamers’ in a photo she shared on Instagram. Playing on The Beatles’ anthem for tolerance and acceptance, “Imagine,” she captioned the pic: “You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one #DreamAct.”
The American comedian’s followers showered her with praise for standing with DACA recipients:”My prayer is that God will grant Congress wisdom and compassion to pass a clean #DreamAct,” one fan commented. “If only the world had more people like you! Ellen I think you are one of the most courageous uplifting women on the planet!” another said.
DeGeneres joins a growing list of celebrities that are standing up for DREAmers, a group of more than 800,000 young immigrants that came to the United States when they were children and made their lives here, but are now facing the threat of deportation due to the imminent revocation of the DACA program.
The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program was created by the Obama administration in 2012. It allowed young undocumented immigrants to work, study and get driver’s licenses in the United States if they came to the country as children. The mandate also protected them from deportation. In September, President Donald Trump decided to end the program, leaving the future of hundreds of thousands of immigrants uncertain. A vote about the fate of the Dream Act is expected to take place in the days ahead.
The T-shirt DeGeneres sported in her Instagram was the result of a collaboration between Emerson Collective and Off-White, sent to a handful of celebrities and politicians who support the DACA program. In recent weeks, several recipients have shown off the shirt — and shared their own messages — on social media.
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“Their future now lies in the hands of the U.S. Congress. That’s why today we must raise our voices so they can hear us all in Washington D.C.,” People en Español’s Editor-in-Chief Armando Correa said in an editorial in the November issue of the magazine that dedicated its cover to DREAMers.