I can still remember the way it felt writing down that 9-digit social security number for the first time. I had just received my deferred
action and was applying for my driver’s licens
e. I suddenly could remember every scholarship I applied for and how that little box always instilled so much fear and stress. And there I was, ten years later, finally filling it out. But the stress and fear didn't go away, and there was still a part of me that felt empty.
I realized my parents, who gave up everything they knew in Mexico to give me a better life, didn't have anything to fill out. They, like millions of undocumented immigrants, continue to live in the shadows and under a constant state of fear. That's
when I realized this fight isn’t over.
This past year, we pressured President Obama to provide administrative relief for our larger undocumented community and build off the success of DACA. Doing so would end the fear our parents still live in of doing simple things, like driving without a license. More importantly, it would give people like my mother the opportunity to achieve their dreams.
My mother’s dream is to use the bachelors degree she earned in
The DACA program changed the lives of more than 600,000 undocumented youth. We're now asking Obama to GO BIG to include people like my parents, Dreamers shut out of DACA by arbitrary age caps, and other members of the immigrant community who remain under siege and in fear of deportation.