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Dreaming to end deportation

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A group called the Dreamers made their through Wilmington today on their way to the nation's capital. These students are trying to make their dreams come true one step at a time.

Gaby Pacheco hasn't seen her family since January 1. Pacheco's not with them because she has a dream to become a United States citizen.

"There's 2.3 million students like ourselves that grew up in this country and excel academically, are leaders within their community, and have contributed by doing a lot of community service," Pacheco said.

In 1993, Pacheco's parents came to the US from Ecuador. She was only seven years old. In 2006, federal immigration agents raided her home. Pacheco's family has been fighting deportation ever since.

She and four other illegal immigrants are walking 1,500 miles from Miami to Washington, DC, hoping to put an end to deportation. They've already walked 1,000 miles gaining supporters along the way, but not everyone agrees with their fight.

"They don't have the right to come here and milk the system," Michael Johnson of Wilmington said. "They don't have the right to be titled to anything. If they aren't here legally, they shouldn't be here in the first place."

Johnson's mother is not a natural born citizen. She applied for a visa 46 years ago, moved from Ireland to the US, earned her citizenship and has been here ever since. He says he supports people moving to the u-s for a better life as long as they do it the right way, like his mother did.

The dreamers will make their way to Raleigh and Charlotte before heading north to Washington. They hope to reach the nation's capital by May 1.

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I support my dad.

Micheal Johnson interviewed above, im proud to say, is my father. I believe he is correct in every shape and form. If you are not a U.S citizen than you should not be entitled to anything. GO DAD!!!

Here's an idea

Maybe it's just me, but how about using this time to become a legal citizen. Then there will be no problem going to college.

How Long

does the drum have to be beaten?

Come here in the legal manner, on a visa. Study the requirements for citizenship; learn English; pass the exam & take the oath of allegiance.

That's the way it is supposed to be done. That's the way it's been done for nearly 200 years.

But, no there are those who want to circumvent the sysyem. They want this country to adapt to their way of life. They want all the citizens to learn Spanish or whatever their language of origin is. Better to expend all of those dollars needlessly than for them to learn English. They even want our National Anthem sung in Spanish.

Sorry; do it the right way and be a welcome addition to our populace.

Refuse to become a naturalized citizen in the manner called for by law, there's the border; have a safe trip home.

How nice

How nice. They're walking 1500 miles to protest the enforcement of our nation's laws and maintaining our sovereignty. One thing I've never liked is that children born in the US, regardless of the parents' citizenship, automatically become US citizens. This allows pregnant women to slip across the border, give birth in our hospitals (on the tax payers' backs), then know they won't get deported for a few years because no judge is going to separate a mother from an infant. The citizenship laws need to be amended, so that if the mother isn't in the country legally, then the child does not gain US citizenship. It's not right to reward someone citizenship because their parents broke the law. How about they do the right thing and stand up for the laws of this nation they call home and encourage their family members to legally obtain citizenship.

Hmmm.

Where is ICE when you need 'em!....do we have a planned route for these CRIMINALS in our country!?