With the DACA deal looming, we asked DREAMers to share their stories with us.
Meet some DREAMers and hear their stories first-hand.
Isiais Guerrero is 33 years old and came from Bogota, Columbia. He was raised in Indiana and is an organizer with the Center for Community Change.
I came from Bogota, Colombia with my family, seeking the opportunities that my mountainous homeland could no longer provide. Living undocumented in the US has taught me how to transform the pain of not being recognized as a human being by the US Government into a dedication to creating spaces for empowerment and liberation with the undocumented community across the nation. I see the beauty in the imagination that comes with battling oppression that helps us to reimagine a new tomorrow and the opportunity of expanding the mantle of democracy to cover 11 million undocumented families, casting a visionary new future that focuses on liberation. The DREAM Act is a critical step towards liberation if it comes without any interior enforcement and no money for the border. As DACA provided me with the opportunity to expand the chances for me and my family to live a life full of joy and free from deportation, the DREAM Act would protect us and bring the US closer to liberation. That is why I’m devoting the rest of my life to strengthening the powerful immigrant rights family. History will remember this moment, and the history books will celebrate those that stood on the side of immigrants and democracy. We will continue to expand the definition of citizenship by putting our pain in the public sphere and forever will be undocumented, unafraid, and committed to nonviolent resistance for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.
Nineteen-year-old Gabriela Hernandez is a DREAMer who was raised in Prince George's County, Maryland. She was brought to the U.S. from El Salvador when she was four years old. She attends Prince George's Community College and wants to become a social worker.
Jung Bin Cho, a 23-year-old Virginia DREAMer, came to the U.S. with his family from Korea in 2001. DACA allowed him to graduate from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Business Information Technology. He was Congresswoman Judy Cho’s guest at the 2018 State of the Union Address.
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