I don’t know who this might affect, but I’m hearing from my dad, who’s a journalist, that Donald Trump is planning on signing an executive order that’ll target the parents of kids protected by the DREAM Act for deportation. It’s not 100% confirmed, seems like the executive order might still be in the draft stages, but apparently my dad feels rather sure in his sources.
So basically if anyone knows anyone who’s a DREAMer please give them a heads up since a lot of their personal information is known by the government and that info will now be used to target their parents.
Yes, I am an immigrant. Yes, I was illegal. No, not by choice, by circumstances. My parents are not to blame, they’ve worked their asses off for years trying to provide me with a better future, but all we’ve gotten back is a big kick in the ass. All three of us have worked for americans who mistreated us and underpaid us for years without complaining, dealing with their bullshit for so long and still managing to do what we had to do better than so many others.
Guess what. My DACA application was approved back in February but I still cannot go to school. Why? Because it is fucking expensive and I cannot get financial aid and it is required for me to pay out of state fees in college ($350-$400 per credit) and now republicans are trying to shut down the DREAM act?
Fuck everyone! I am so sick and tired of being told I cannot study just because I do not own a green card. I am a 21 year frustrated young woman who really wants to study and become someone in this world and is willing to work her ass off to get where she wants, but I keep being shut down and pushed and walked on by everyone else. I cannot take it anymore.
Because being undocumented stunts your personal growth.
It sucks your soul. It leaves you empty. It leaves you frustrated.
It leaves you angry. It puts you through waves of unforgiving rage.
It leaves you depressed under a cloud of fear and shame.
It makes you question yourself and what you did wrong. What you could have done better.
It makes you question your worth.
Read Alaa’s full letter to her parents, it’s a recount about her experiences growing up as an undocumented immigrant.
So much truth, pain, emotion, and hope in this letter.
He’s one of the millions of people who came to the United States illegally. And he is one of millions affected by new policies ordered by President Obama.
Junior, 18, says he was brought years ago by his parents. They’re now back in Mexico, after his father was deported. Junior stayed, and he lives with his sister in Anthony, Texas, a small town 20 miles from Mexico. Now his life outside the law is ending: He’s close to receiving formal permission to stay. To understand what that means for Junior, watch this powerful video our colleague Kainaz Amaria took from a reporting trip NPR took along the U.S.-Mexico border in the spring.
That was Junior in March 2014.
Now, as a new year begins, Junior says he is waiting for a U.S. government I.D. under an Obama administration program known as DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He entered the program with help and advice from his former high school principal, Oscar Troncoso. It was the principal who allowed a lawyer to visit the school outside El Paso and meet with some of the many undocumented students who attend. Both Junior Adriano and Oscar Troncoso sat down to talk with me this week.
Yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is taken from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
Aloe Blacc, from Avicii, has made a music video for an acoustic version of his hit ‘Wake Me Up’ that awesomely tells the story of a family of undocumented migrants in the USA. Good for frigging him for making this effort, and pushing his support of the DREAM Act. More artist that use their new fame to fight for the underclass has my respect.
Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity!
President Obama outlines a human rights agenda during his second inaugural address today.