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Celebrities who are followed by Ivanka Trump on Instagram have uploaded posts that are asking her to advocate for legislation that would protect immigrants who are young, undocumented, and are often referred to as ‘Dreamers’ from deportation.
The trend began when Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, online clothing store, and author of #GirlBoss, tagged Ms Trump in a post that was also addressed to the First Daughter. Soon after, other celebrities – including actresses Olivia Wilde and Cara Delevingne – were also sharing a similar message.
The message reads: “Dear Ivanka — I see you’re following me on Instagram. This Thanksgiving I would be grateful if you use the influence you have to advocate for a CLEAN Dream Act by December. Every day that passes without a clean Dream Act means anxiety and deportation for immigrant youth.”
‘Clean’ would mean that the legislation would not be accompanied by any other stipulations or measures.
The message continues: “7,901 youth have already lost DACA, and 122 more will lose it each day.” The message refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, which Donald Trump, the president of the United States rescinded earlier in 2017. DACA had protected almost 800,000 Dreamers from deportation. The dreamers were undocumented immigrants who were illegally brought to the United States as children.
The term Dreamers originated from the proposed DREAM Act, which would have provided unauthorised immigrants with a legal status in exchange for attending college or joining the US military. The bill was first revealed in 2001, and the newest version was voted down in the Senate last December 2010.
Barack Obama, the former president of the United States, implemented DACA following the lack of action on immigration reform of the Congress. However, Republicans called the programme a circumvention of laws regarding immigration and an unconstitutional utilisation of executive authority.
The Trump administration has given the Congress until the 5th of March 2015 to pass legislation to replace DACA. If Congress is not able to meet that deadline, the programme will be phased-out steadily, resulting in thousands of young people losing their right to live and work in the United States.
Despite being bombarded with the posts from celebrities, Ms Trump has not said anything about the programme recently.
Beneath the original message she posted, actress Sophia Bush wrote: “Dear Ivanka, It’s possible to be thankful and thoughtful. On a day meant for family and gratitude, think of all families. We implore you.”