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I thin that's really important to stress is that we are members of society in all 50 states, doing a variety of different things, just trying to build a life in the country that we call home.
And that's one of the biggest things when I share my story, especially when I went to college [UNKNOWN] University, a lot of people had only heard the sound bites like why didn't you legalize Like you're just taking away citizens welfare benefits, kind of echoing what Louisa said.
And you've got to kind of talk them through it.
No, actually, there's no way to legalize, there's no line.
We're asking for congress to create a line so that we can get in it.
But a big thing is saying hey listen, I'm like you There's definitely been days I've waited until the night before an SAF that I had due to write it.
Just like many other college students.
We experience similar things and we are Americans who just are asking for the opportunity for the right paperwork so that we can finally Feel 100% part of this country, so I think we're halfway there, because we feel American, we're just lacking.
And if there was a line, we'd be the first people in it.
I'm happy to pay for it.
I'll pay what I need to pay.
I'll wait There just needs to be a process for us.
I found out when I was 15 years old after I wanted to buy a cellphone.
And I realized that I gotta work for that cell phone and my parents, my grandparents taught me that I needed to work for my things.
And that's why, when I started kind of looking in to Applying for a job.
And when you find out, you feel very alone, because you think at that time that nobody else is going through this.
And nobody really talks about it because it's something that you're afraid to speak out.
So when I was 17, actually, I went to two attorneys.
Cuz I did, when I realized my situation, I went to two attorneys, and we looked at my situation.
And both of them, separate attorneys, said there's no pathway for you.
And on that day, the DACA program was announced.
And fortunately, Because of that program, I was able to get a work permit, and I got a job.
I got two jobs, actually.
I started a small business writing resumes for people to help Americans get jobs.
I bought a house.
I bought a car.
It just, I think it was so transformative, not only economically, but just mentally knowing that there is Certainty that I can have in being able to give back to this country that I call home.
I think, for me, it's really hard to reconcile the fact, even today, the fact that I'm technically undocumented, just because I feel American in every single way.
And I think what DACA has also done for us is, As DREAMers, we recognize why the program is so transformative and I think we have such a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for what the program does.
We wanna give back, that's what DACA allows us to do.
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