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.

Meet Ricardo, One Of The Undocumented Immigrants Who Works At A Trump Hotel

Ricardo is an undocumented immigrant and works hard at three different jobs — and one of those jobs is at a Trump hotel.

In an incredible video from New Left Media, Ricardo describes working as a busboy at the only restaurant at Trump Soho, and his subsequent reaction to Trump’s claim that undocumented immigrants from Mexico — hardworking immigrants like himself — are criminals.

“I am not a criminal. I am not a drug dealer. I am definitely not a rapist,” he says.

Though he cannot vote, Ricardo uses his craft and passion — he has a degree in photography — to give a voice to himself and members of the undocumented community in New York.

In one scene of the clip, Ricardo photographs other immigrants holding signs reading, among other things, “I am not a criminal.”

Ricardo also points out that while some Republicans have criticized Trump for his comments, many of them share the same kinds of extremist positions when it comes to immigrants, Latinos, and immigration.

“I may have an accent, but I’m not stupid,” he says.

Ricardo realizes the risks in going public — specifically, getting fired — but he also wants to speak up for his family and community, and that’s a risk he’s willing to take for them.

My paternal grandmother and I.

I miss her so much.

The last time I saw her and hugged her was July 1997.
Every time we talked on the phone she would always ask, “¿mí niña cuando vas a venir? Ya te quiero ver y abrazar”

I always longed to see her, but I couldn’t.

I have always thought of this country as the golden cage. The bars might be golden yet it is still a prison.

My grandmother died in 2007.

The day I was DACA approved earlier this spring I cried, I remembered my grandmother and I cried. she would always tell me that she hoped things would get better.

I just wish she were still alive so I could tell her…


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The Dream Act Policy. Whose Dream?

OK I just need to vent.

We’re getting ready to start doing Dream Act cases here.  Which means that I’m getting ready to start doing them, since I’m the only person in this office who will do immigration work.   I’m sitting here going through all of the forms that came out yesterday and re-reading the instructions, and making lists, and the 70 year old bookkeeper comes out and sticks her nose over my desk. And she has the nerve to tell me that THINGS ARE JUST TOO EASY FOR THESE PEOPLE.  That “these people,” essentially people who were brought here as children by family members and most likely had no say in the fact that they were crossing the border without inspection, should not be receiving any kind of relief whatsoever. 

Let’s back up a little bit.  

The new Dream Act policy, as it’s being called, is a form of prosecutorial discretion or deferred action.  That means that it is not a law, and even if applicants meet all of the requirements of the application, the USCIS may still decide not to approve their application—in which case, all of their information will be in the USCIS system. 

This policy is bullshit.  It charges these people over $400 to apply for the possibility of “deferred action,” the only benefit of which is a 2-year employment authorization, all of which can be REVOKED AT ANY TIME, WITHOUT NOTICE.  Like, for example, if Mitt Romney is elected president and decided he doesn’t like it.  Or any other such shenanigans. 

These are people who have gone to school here or served in the military here, who have most likely grown up here, who speak English, and who may not even remember what it is like to live in another country.  These are people who can make real, tangible contributions to our economy, society, and communities.  These are people who are immersed in American culture and have citizen friends, families, spouses, children.  So can someone please explain to me why they don’t deserve to be certain about their status?  Why they don’t deserve to have a way to obtain lawful status?  Why should they be jumping for joy about this fucking joke of a policy?  I’m glad that there is work authorization in this for people because it will make it easier for them to get legitimate jobs with fairer pay.  But I’m wary of any kind of application that explicitly states that even if you meet all of the requirements, your application can still be denied, JUST BECAUSE.  Especially when said application comes with a $400+ price tag. 

I’m really angry that the government is acting like they are giving people this huge GIFT, this huge WAY IN, when that is not what they’re giving at all.  These people will not be granted lawful status or any of the rights that come with that.  They cannot use this policy as a step toward gaining lawful status.  It’s a temporary fix which will legally allow illegal immigrants to work here and pay taxes to the government.  But they still don’t get any of the benefits that should come with that, like social security, or Medicaid, or state assistance, if and when they need it.  They are still ineligible for most tax credits, but are required to pay taxes.  They can still be taken into ICE custody and deported at any time, just for being present in the United States.  This policy offers them zero protection.  And from what I’ve seen of Obama’s “discretionary relief” policy in practice (which claims to require the Immigration Court to “exercise its discretion” when removing illegal immigrants who have citizen spouses and children and minor or no criminal record), I’m not very optimistic about this second discretionary policy.  Because you know how many times the Immigration Court has exercised its discretion on a case that meets the Obama policy requirements in the year that I’ve worked here?  ZERO.  And we have had more than a few that were great candidates.

Not only did the bookkeeper tell me she thought the government was making it too easy for these people, but she went on to say it was ridiculous that children born here of illegal parent(s) automatically received citizenship.

BACK THE FUCK UP BITCH.  So newborn babies, BORN IN THE UNITED STATES, should not have status if their parents don’t have status?  We should deport them to a country they were not born in, and have never seen, just because.

I can’t even dignify that shit with a response.  Those are my kids you’re talking about lady.  My kids, innocent of any crime, who had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that their father entered this country illegally.  Needless to say, when she said that, I had to shut up and look at my keyboard before I flipped the fuck out. 


Today I received my work permit and approval letter. I am now DACA approved for two good years. I will take this opportunity and make the best of it because it’s what I’ve been waiting for 22 years. I am so ready and excited for what’s to come. It won’t all be rainbows and sunshines, but I know my will and faith is strong enough for anything. I am strong and capable and now it’s up to me to seize it and prove to myself that I’m capable of making it. Work, school, and life, Francisco is coming for you.

Deferred Action!

My deferred action application has been approved! My work permit is on its way, and should be here within the week! I don’t even know what to say. My life is about to turn around, to really begin! 


If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet in the last approximately forever, you might get the impression that a whole lot of people aren’t especially fond of undocumented immigrants. That rubs me the wrong way because while I am here legally, it’s only technically. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration initiative that allows immigrants who entered before their 16th birthdays a two-year work permit they can renew, as well as immunity against deportation. It has saved my ass. That being said, whether you know of DACA from your local news channel or your racist Uncle Jed at family reunions, here is a quick look inside from one of those dirty, sexy illegals.

5 Weird Realities Of Growing Up With ‘Illegal’ Parents
Stop the Deportation of the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families!

The Lee and Rahayuningsih families are facing deportation despite being low priority cases. Both families have children who qualify for Deferred Action and have loved ones with severe health issues.  Urge ICE to grant prosecutorial discretion and prevent separating more families!

This June, the Obama Administration granted undocumented youth with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers relief from deportation for up to two years.  The Lee and Rahayuningsih Family have children who are eligible for deferred action and are considered low priority cases.  These families should not be separated from young people who have just been granted relief.

Alex Lee and his family arrived in the US over fifteen years ago to flee persecution in Brazil. Alex was diagnosed with brain cancer last year causing blindness and limited mobility. Although he is eligible for deferred action to stay, he is unable to live independently.

“My son is unable to live on his own. We have no other family here or in Brazil. What use is his right to stay, if his caretakers are deported? ” says his mother Boi See Lee Choi.

Putri Dyannie’s family faces the same circumstances after arriving with her parents from Indonesia at age eleven.  Putri remembers little about Indonesia and her parents are her only family. She was granted deferred action and will transfer to a four-year university next year.  Her father is also being treated for cancer.

“My parents are my foundation. They are not less deserving than me. They work tirelessly to put me through college and without them. It pains me to think that they won’t be here to see me cross the stage on graduation day or witness me grow.”

The Lees and Rahayuningsihs have established their lives in the United States for over a decade. The family members could be separated indefinitely if ICE does not take action.

These deportations can be stopped. Sign the petition to tell ICE that these families matter and that they can do the right thing by granting prosecutorial discretion for families of youth with deferred action.

Call John Morton, Director of ICE -  202.732.3000 and

ICE’s Office of the Public Advocate 1.888.351.4024

Sample Script

“I am calling you to grant prosecutorial discretion for the Lee Family (lead A# 099-340-565) and Rahayuningsih Family (lead A#099-779-854).

Both the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families have been in the United States for over a decade. Their children were raised here and qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Both families have a loved one with a severe health issue and cannot be separated.  These are low priority cases and should be dismissed.  Don’t separate families and grant prosecutorial discretion.”

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I am CRYING. I got approved, I never thought this would be possible. I got approved.

After 15 years of living in this country I call MY HOME, I can come out of the shadows. I have a CHANCE guys a chance.

This is a HUGE deal to me. MY GOD I can FINALLY have a drivers license, go to school get a legitimate job.

I am so happy, the big burden that was on my back has lifted, the anxiety, stress and fear is slowly fading away.

My Happiness cannot be contained, my tears are freely flowing now. This might just be one of the HAPPIEST days of my life.


I know everybody is excited for tomorrow but I have an advice for some of you. TAKE YOUR TIME. I say that because there is only one chance with this application. If you get rejected, you are done. There is no appeal process and you can’t get them to reopen/reconsider your case (reapply) if you get rejected. I would much rather take my time and make sure everything on my application is 100% correct

 than rush to apply and make a mistake and get rejected. You can still apply next week or next month and there is no due date or deadline for the application. Talk to a lawyer if you have been trouble with the law or police before in the past, go get your background check if you’ve been in trouble before. Go get your passports and birth certificates and get it translated and go get all your necessary evidence. And to answer some common questions, no you will not be able to join the military or apply for FAFSA even if your Deferred Action is accepted. Good luck to everybody. - J. Kim
First deferred action applications approved ahead of schedule

The first wave of approvals comes much earlier than expected, and well before the November election. 


The U.S. government has approved some of the first cases of undocumented young people looking to stay in the United States through President Obama’s deferred action program. 

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