Dreamers share stories of how DACA changed their lives for the better

Published: Jan. 28, 2018 at 9:50 PM CST
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People in the Fox Valley got a chance to hear from dreamers and how DACA played a part in bettering their lives.

The event aims to educate the public on the DACA bill and urged people to write postcards and make calls to lawmakers to pass a Clean Dream Act. A Clean Dream Act would create a pathway to citizenship for dreamers without certain provisions like funding for increased border security among others.

More than a hundred people came out to the "Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship" Sunday afternoon to hear from dreamers in the community.

Norys Pina leads a local Latina group called “Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor,” and says Sunday’s event gave dreamers a voice.

"A voice to speak about their story and for the community to listen to why they are important for our country and for our community," said Pina.

Some dreamers did not want to be identified, but do want to share the struggles of living in the U.S. before DACA came to fruition.

"I confided in one of the teachers that I was undocumented and the possibility of college was very low for me since I could not apply for financial aid, Pell Grants or even student loans," said one dreamer, who wished to remain anonymous.

Dreamers also shared the life-changing benefits of DACA.

"DACA has really made a difference in my life, I've been able to have new opportunities, and I've been able to get a driver's license, a good paying job and a better education. I'm going to college and I'm graduating this semester, so thanks to DACA I've been able to do that," said Sayra Villa, a dreamer from Mexico.

"It's important because it helped me keep up with school, have a driver's license and I have a job too, where I can help my parents," said Yesica Garcia, who came to the U.S. at the age of five.

Dreamers from Mexico say one of their concerns with being deported is having to figure out how to live in Mexico. They say having grown up in the United States, they've made the U.S. the country they call home.

Perla Brito and her husband are both dreamers, both coming to the U.S. at seven years old. Brito and her husband is expecting a child, and says deportation would completely change their lives.

"I don't feel like we would be able to survive over there because we don't know Mexico, I feel like we have no life over there," said Brito.