Editor, The Messenger:

As a constituent of Ohio, I urge Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and Representative Steve Stivers to support legal status and a path to citizenship for Dreamers and people allowed to remain here for humanitarian reasons under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs.

They are our friends and neighbors — people who moved here to put food on the table, to provide for their families, and to experience the uniquely-American promise of freedom and opportunity.

They have been living with fear and uncertainty for far too long. They deserve better.

We need to remain true to America’s values and history as a nation of immigrants.

I strongly urge my elected officials to support legal status and a path to citizenship for Dreamers — people brought to this country as minors — and people allowed to remain here for humanitarian reasons.

Mariah Waring

Athens

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