COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- There’s still optimism immigration reform will be addressed in Washington, despite the fact a budget deal does not address “dreamers.”
DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is personal for Brook Kohn. His girlfriend Nathali Bertran is a “dreamer” who came to America at nine years old.
"When people are out there attacking the ‘dreamers,’ it affects me personally because of Nathali,” said Kohn.
Just like his girlfriend, Kohn said DACA recipients contribute to the country.
"They're engineers, they're firefighters, they're in our military. They're embedded into our society."
Kohn and his girlfriend stay optimistic a deal can be reached on immigration reform that will keep DACA recipients in America.
However, the Columbus resident said immigration reform and any deal to keep “dreamers” in America should not be a political issue.
"It's about these 800,000 people who will continue to contribute to the American economy. Stay with their loved ones like me,” said Kohn.
Kohn said he and his girlfriend will continue to educate people on what DACA is.