Hundreds of paper dolls to line the streets of Cleveland

Posted at 4:22 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 17:42:16-04

Their future in this country currently hangs in the balance and Clevelanders are joining the movement to help keep them here.

On Thursday afternoon, nearly 900 paper dolls, each signed by a registered voter in Ohio, will be stretched out through the streets of downtown Cleveland.

They represent the 14,000 eligible "Dreamers" in the Buckeye State.

"Dreamers" are children brought into this country illegally.

Right now, 5,200 of them in Ohio are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Earlier this year, President Trump rescinded the program and is leaving it up to Congress to come up with a replacement.

Organizers say the dreamer dolls will stretch nearly two football fields in length, sending a clear message.

"There are a lot of people in Ohio that are supporting the Dreamers and that we really do need a clean Dream Act passed, and we need it passed quickly, to protect those Dreamers here in Ohio and across the country," said organizer Deb Kline.

After standing in solidarity with the Dreamer dolls, the group will deliver them to Senator Rob Portman's office.