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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I Define Myself: Undocumented & Unafraid Portrait Exhibit

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Join us on Saturday June 14th at 6PM for the opening reception and panel discussion of the “I Define Myself: Undocumented & Unafraid” Portrait Project. Panelists to include: Jocelyn Munguia Fearless Undocumented Alliance), Yaxal Sobrevilla (UIC Heritage Garden), Arianna Salgado (Immigrant Youth Justice League), and Fanny López (featured in the project).

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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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Lourdes: “My Story Does Not End Here; I Am Still In Deportation Proceedings But I Am No Longer Afraid.”

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“That is the reason I am here coming out of the shadows. Because I feel my skin curling [goose bumps] and my heart breaks when thinking that my children could be left without their mother. And all of their dreams and mine will be truncated. I will not stop fighting. I will not let them separate me from my children.”

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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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