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Students walk from FL to DC, hope for Dream Act

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – There are 12 million undocumented people living in the United States -- 2 million of them are children.

Six college students are blazing what they call the "Trail of Dreams," walking from Miami, Florida to Washington, DC, in an effort to get an executive order passed to stop the deportation of undocumented minors.

Currently, if your parents aren't United States citizens, you have to wait until you're 18 to become one.  The walkers say the kids didn't ask to come to the United States and are looking for a way to become citizens before the age of 18.  Right now, they can't get drivers licenses, jobs or many education opportunities because they can't get a social security card or a formal I.D. 

"Imagine waking up every day not knowing if someone was going to come, knock on your door in the middle of the night and take your family and yourself, from the only place you've known -- this is how my life is," said Felipe Matos.

There is legislation that would allow minors to become citizens, regardless of their parent's situation, called the "Dream Act" – it has sat in Congress for nine years. Since the act has remained dormant, the students are walking and trying to raise awareness to get the ball rolling.

The students left on foot January 1, and have been walking about 15 miles every day. 

You can contact them while they make their way up the east coast by visiting trail2010.org.  You can leave a comment on their blog, follow them on twitter or even call or text them.

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