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For hundreds of thousands of young legal immigrants, the clock is ticking toward self-deportation.

Deep Patel was born in India, but after emigrating to Canada, he immigrated to the United States legally on his parents’ work visa when he was just nine years old.

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The country’s limits on some employment-based visas mean that when more than 200,000 — like the dip — turn 21, they’re out of the system, having to wait in line for a green card or even get out of the way. that is forced to leave the country.

Patel told Fox, “Something that most people don’t know about is that an immigrant child can be brought here legally, raised and educated here, but still there is no clear way to live.” Or there is no way to citizenship.” news.

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Patel and others in his group, Improve the Dream, have worked for years to try and bring awareness to documented dreamers. Fox News first interviewed him in 2019. Advocates on both sides of the aisle are working to slow the ticking clock.

US Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“We’re called documented dreamers. It just means we’re kids who grew up here, but we had a documented legal status,” he said.

Iowa Republican Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks was one of the first members to raise a helping hand 18 months ago.

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“We need these young talented people. Unlike other people who come here illegally for no fault of theirs, these youngsters are here with their parents,” he said.

Miller-Meeks helped become America’s Children’s Act. It was passed in the House earlier this year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate will vote this fall.

Rep. Mariannet Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa helped create America's Children Act.

If passed and signed by President Biden, there would be breathing room for Patel and other documented streamers, so they don’t lose their place in the longer and longer green card line.

“It’s so important because we are your friends, we are your neighbors, we are Americans, and we love this country.”