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Clinton Camp Turns to DREAMers To Register Voters

The Clinton Campaign has turned to the organizing skills of young immigrants, DREAMers, to help register voters in their communities.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, at an event to meet with young immigrants, so-called "Dreamers," at a campaign office Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)John Locher / AP

The Clinton campaign is trying to harness the organizing power of young immigrants - those known as DREAMers - to help grow the number of voters from their communities for Hillary Clinton.

The campaign began its national voter registration program "Mi Sueño, Tu Voto" (My Dream, Your Vote) Monday, syncing startup activities with the fourth anniversary of the opening of enrollment of young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program allowed young immigrants not legally here to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation and with a chance to work legally. Today, some 700,000 young immigrants are enrolled in DACA.

Sisters Natalia and Alejandra Rodas Calderon, who are both enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, hold a news conference in front of the site of the Old Post Office in Washington, DC that is being developed into a luxury hotel by GOP nominee Donald Trump. The two girls, as immigrants without legal status in the U.S. can't vote, but the Clinton campaign has launched a campaign in which immigrants like them will register voters for Hillary Clinton.Clinton campaign

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"We founded this program on the premise that, one by one – through friends, families, co-workers or classmates – DREAMers' futures would be considered on Election Day, " Lorella Praeli, national director of the Latino vote said in a statement.

The campaign was to hold events around the country this week in connection with the voter registration drive, starting with an event Monday in front of the Trump hotel under construction near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Events also were planned for Florida, Nevada and North Carolina.

Clinton has actively sought the support of immigrant families throughout the campaign and recently DREAMer Astrid Silva spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

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The young immigrants have mobilized their communities previously, to urge family, friends and others to vote for the re-election of Obama and to protest his deportation policies. They also became a strong force in mobilizing support for Bernie Sanders among young people in the Latino community. Dreamers also participated in Clinton's campaign in the primary:

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