icon__search

Original DREAMERS

We Are Not The Original DREAMers

By: Ivan Ceja Garcia

25 years ago my parents and I immigrated to this country together. I was 9 months old and they were 20/21 years old at the time. My parents made the greatest of sacrifices by immigrating here always putting me first. I was their only child at the time. I joined the immigrant rights movement in 2009 at the age of 17. At this point my parents were 37/38 and the three of us were undocumented and very afraid. I still did not know what it meant to be undocumented and unafraid at the time. I barely understood what it meant to be undocumented. Something my parents knew all to well since they first stepped foot on this side of the border. Soon I became empowered and embodied what it meant to be undocumented and unafraid because I learned my rights. I recognized that I deserved dignity and respect regardless of my immigration status, and so did my parents. I was part of the national push for the DREAM Act 2010. I recall my parents time and time again saying, “It’s fine if we aren’t granted a pathway to citizenship, as long as they create a pathway for you.” I looked at my parents with admiration because what they expressed was among the most selfless affirmations. I was extremely naive. This movement will do that to you. Those against us will do that to you. Conquer and divide with narratives that have you validating your demand for opportunities while you disregard the humanity of those that have done so much for you to be where you are. This includes the DREAMer narrative. I was naive because I failed to look at my parents to tell them, “No! My goals and aspirations, my relief and peace of mind should not come at the expense of yours.” At the time, I failed to view my parents beyond the lens of their son. I failed to view my parents for the human beings they are beyond any role or connection they have in my life. How many more reiterations of their dreams will my mother and father have to devise? How many more reiterations of the DREAM Act, DACA, CIR and other legislation will we recycle before all of our humanity and dreams are at the forefront? Years went on and in 2015 my parents adjusted their status to legal permanent residents after 23 long years. I remember the expression of guilt they tried to hide because I was not able to adjust with them. The irony right…my parents would have given up everything for me to have this long sought relief before them. I stand before them everyday still waiting. I never explicitly told my parents, but I want them to know that they are not guilty of anything. You are not guilty of making the journey 25 years ago because you put me first every step of the way. You are not guilty of your relief while I still wait because there is no doubt in my mind that if you could you would let me take your place in a heartbeat. Undocumented or not, my parents will forever be my greatest of allies. Mom and dad, you taught me to dream before I even knew I was undocumented. I am a dreamer because you no matter what I aspired to be or create, you’ve supported me every step of the way. Even some of my craziest ideas. I am not a DREAMer because of a bill that seeks to transfer any guilt from me onto others like my parents. I am a dreamer not a DREAMer [by current definition]. The DREAMer identity is a by product of my unsolicited opinion — like a vast number of categories that politicians and the media strive to place us in. Mom and dad, you and others like you are the original dreamers. These are my reflections and I share with you in hopes that we will not repeat past mistakes. May you not compromise the humanity of others in the community in your pursuit to validate your own. Before they are mothers, fathers, tios, aunts, grandfathers, abuelitas, street vendors, carwasheros, household workers, jornaleros — they are humans first with dreams of their own. They are the original dreamers.

More from DACA Scholars

GoFundMe launches campaign to help with renewal fee

GoFundMe

Dreamers are young, patriotic people who are American in every sense but on paper. They strengthen our workforce, study in our schools, serve in our armed forces, and enrich our communities. Despite living nearly their entire lives in the United States, they are under threat of losing their protected status and could face deportation to countries they barely remember. As undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Dreamers are able to apply for temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. After passing a rigorous background check, roughly 800,000 promising young people have received renewable two-year permits to live in the United States while they work, study, and support their families. These Dreamers’ applications must be renewed every two years to retain the important protections against deportation. Unfortunately, Dreamers’ lives are hanging in the balance. DACA is currently being challenged in the courts, jeopardizing the futures of 800,000 Americans who live with the constant threat of losing their deportation protections. However, Dreamers are -- for the moment -- able to renew their DACA protections. We have launched this page to help Dreamers pay for their $495 DACA renewal application, allowing them to continue serving our communities for another two years. Below you will find a list of verified GoFundMe campaigns to support Dreamers renewing their DACA applications. Tens of thousands of people from all across the country have already donated an incredible $200,000 to help Dreamers renew their applications. Find a campaign below, take action, and help protect America’s Dreamers. **GoFundMe has partnered with FWD.us on this important cause to help Dreamers keep their protections against the threat of deportation. Numerous organizations are doing important work to protect Dreamers. If you are a Dreamer and would like additional information on the renewal process, please visit https://www.informedimmigrant.com/.

Estudio revela que jóvenes DACA realizan grandes aportes económicos a EU

Conexion Migrante

Los beneficiarios de DACA tienen mejores trabajos, ganan salarios más altos, inician negocios y se buscan mejores oportunidades educativas, gracias a esto los dreamers realizan grandes aportes a la economía, reveló una encuesta. Este 15 de agosto se cumplen se años de la entrada en vigor de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), es por eso que estas organizaciones presentaron el estudio. Obama proclamó DACA plan ante la imposibilidad de aprobar una reforma migratoria en el Congreso, donde los demócratas tuvieron mayoría hasta 2010, cuando perdieron el dominio de la Cámara Baja. Hoy día, los cientos de miles de jóvenes beneficiados por el programa viven en incertidumbre ya que en cualquier momento la Corte podría emitir un fallo que acabe con el programa de una vez por todas. Es por eso que Tom K. Wong, el Centro para el Progreso Estadounidense, el Centro Nacional de Leyes de Inmigración y United We Dream presentaron una encuesta para reflejar las contribuciones y logros de los dreamers en la Unión Americana. El 96 por ciento de los destinatarios de DACA están actualmente en la escuela o están trabajando. El salario promedio por hora de los encuestados aumentó en un 78% desde la recepción de DACA, de $10.32 por hora a $18.42 por hora. Entre los encuestados de 25 años de edad, los salarios aumentaron en un 97%. El 89% de los encuestados y el 92% de los mayores de 25 años están actualmente empleados. Después de recibir DACA, el 54% informó que se mudó a un trabajo con mejor salario; 46% se mudó a un trabajo con mejores condiciones de trabajo; El 45% se mudó a un trabajo que se ajusta mejor a su educación y capacitación; y el 45% se mudó a un trabajo que se ajusta mejor a sus objetivos profesionales a largo plazo. El 6% de los encuestados y el 8% de los mayores de 25 años iniciaron su propio negocio después de recibir DACA, superando a la población general en términos de creación de negocios. A destacar El poder adquisitivo de los beneficiarios de DACA continúa aumentando: el 62% de los encuestados informaron que compraron su primer automóvil, lo cual es importante no solo en términos de ingresos estatales sino también en cuanto a los beneficios de seguridad de tener más conductores con licencia y asegurados en las carreteras. Además, el 14% de los encuestados compró su primera casa después de recibir DACA. Sin embargo, la incertidumbre creada por la decisión de la administración Trump de acabar con DACA afecta el bienestar de los destinatarios de DACA. Pues alrededor de la mitad de los jóvenes encuestados temen que alguna vez estarán en un centro de detención, que serán deportados o separados de su familia. A pesar de la incertidumbre, los destinatarios de DACA están comprometidos cívicamente: desde que recibieron DACA, el 49% de los encuestados informaron que se han vuelto más activos políticamente; El 52% informó que se han involucrado más en sus comunidades. Después de que se aprobaron sus aplicaciones DACA, el 64% informó que ya no tenía miedo de su estado migratorio y que se sentía más como si perteneciera a los Estados Unidos. Dreamers en riesgo “En primer lugar, la pérdida de DACA expone a los destinatarios a la detención y la deportación en una era sin paralelo de aplicación de la ley de inmigración”, dijo Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, analista de políticas senior de Política de Inmigración en el Center for American Progress. “También obligaría a cientos de miles de Dreamers a dejar su trabajo y podría terminar su oportunidad de solicitar licencias de conducir y limitar el acceso a la educación superior”. “La decisión de Trump de matar a DACA el año pasado fue incorrecta. Siempre hemos sabido del gran impacto que DACA ha tenido en la vida de los jóvenes inmigrantes y nuestras comunidades. Como este gobierno continúa atacándonos y alimentando a más inmigrantes a la fuerza de deportación, el Congreso debe votar para cancelar las agencias de deportación y aprobar legislación para proteger a los inmigrantes de una manera permanente y limpia “, dijo Sanaa Abrar, directora de defensa en United We Dream. “Este estudio muestra, una vez más, el enorme impacto que DACA ha tenido no solo en las vidas de los jóvenes inmigrantes y sus familias, sino también en sus comunidades”, dijo Ignacia Rodríguez Kmec, defensora de políticas de inmigración en el Centro Nacional de Derecho de Inmigración. Con información de Center of Americano Progress.

NO RULING TODAY ON DACA CASE

Today in Texas, federal judge Hanen heard verbal arguments on weather the program known as DACA is constitutional or not. Texas argued that DACA recipients are draining resources from the states and also taking jobs that belong to Texans. MALDEF attorneys who are defending the DACA program argued that there is not evidence that DACA recipients are draining the system but on the contrary are contributing millions of dollars to every single state including Texas. Judge Hanen decided to not make a ruling today, but wants both parties to write a 5 page summary of weather or not DACA is constitutional before making a ruling. If Judge Hanen decides that DACA is unconstitutional it will go against previous rulings made by California and New York, therefor the case will be moved to The Supreme Court for a final decision most likely this fall. We will keep you updated, but in the mean time we advice you RENEW YOUR DACA AS SOON AS YOU CAN.