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Several area groups — Citizen Action of NY, Indivisible, Working Families Party, MoveOn and others — held speak-out sessions outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's offices in Glens Falls, Plattsburgh and Watertown on Wednesday, calling on the congresswoman to stand-up for DREAMers.

The concerned constituents said because the temporary deal to end the federal government shutdown did not address the 800,000 DREAMers, they do not want them forgotten in upcoming budget talks.  

According to a release, community members and activists want Stefanik and Congress to do their job, and ensure that ongoing Congressional budget negotiations do not neglect to:

• Stand up for Dreamers, pass a Dream Act to protect 800,000 Americans brought here as children, whom Donald Trump threatens to deport.

• Fund Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment, critical funding for hospitals and health centers, which has Congress has neglected to renew.

• Fund disaster relief efforts for hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at kphalen-tomaselli@poststar.com for comments or story ideas. 

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