Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani made an impassioned plea for "Dreamers" at the Oscars on Sunday, telling viewers “dreams are the foundation of America.”

“We are the two actors you keep hearing about, but whose names you have trouble pronouncing,” Nyong’o, who stars in “Black Panther,” told the audience as she stood beside Nanjiani to present the award for best production design.

“We are also immigrants,” the 35-year-old actress continued. “I’m from Kenya.”


“And I am from Pakistan and Iowa: two places that nobody in Hollywood can find on a map,” quipped “The Big Sick’s” Nanjiani.

“Like everyone in this room, and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers,” Nyong’o said, appearing to reference a term frequently used to refer to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies," Nyong'o said. "Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America,” she added to applause at the 90th annual awards show in Los Angeles.

“And so, to all the dreamers out there," Nanjiani said to the camera, "we stand with you."

Trump announced last year his plans to rescind the Obama-era program, which temporarily shielded certain young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation.

He gave Congress a six-month window to craft a legislative fix to the program.