Guest Post: “Five Reasons I Am Renewing DACA”

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“DACA is not the end to the immigration debate in this country, but it is a step in the right direction. If DACA recipients can legally work in the United States and drive without fear of getting deported, then the same should go for mothers, fathers, and other undocumented people. We need permanent relief to stop senseless deportations and to give the estimated 11 million undocumented people in this country an opportunity to pursue their American Dream without fear.”

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Antonio at May Day: “I Am Now Telling President Obama That We Don’t Want This Change”

” I am now telling President Obama that we don’t want this change, we don’t want your hope if this is what hope and change look like. I don’t want to be afraid that I might lose another family member, a friend, a lover, and a community member tomorrow.”

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Sara: “We All Have The Right To Be Here Without Living In Constant Fear. We have The Right To Live With Dignity. We Have The Right To Exist.”

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“So when a community member is detained, it is a personal attack on me. I will not sit back and continue to watch families be destroyed and separated. We all have the right to be here without living in constant fear. We have the right to live with dignity. We have the right to exist.”

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María: “To This Day, My Son Turns White and Hides When He Sees Police Officers. They Are No Longer There To Protect Us.”

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“When I got home, I found out they were ICE. They handcuffed him in front of our children and left, leaving my children and I huddled on the floor in tears. To this day, my son turns white and hides when he sees police officers. They are no longer there to protect us.”

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María: “Como Madre Yo Pido Que Paren Las Separaciones De Familias”

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“Él no quería que el día en que lo iban a deportar llegara. Quería que no pasaran las horas. Yo sentía que mi corazón se desgarraba. El día en que lo deportaron no pude abrazarlo por última vez. Yo tenía miedo que regresara a México, un país desconocido. El llego sin identificación y si un hogar a donde llegar. Desde que llego a México no ha podido encontrar trabajo y un hogar estable.”

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Marcela: “Our Families Should Not Be Separated & For Those Who Already Have Been, You Are Not Forgotten”

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“And because politicians will not listen to our needs, because they neglect us, our families and our communities we need to take matters into our own hands. Our families should not be separated and for those who already have been, you are not forgotten, you are also part of this struggle. Luis Manuel, Miguel Angel and Cecilia Corona, we need you home, let’s bring you home.”

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