It’s surreal to wake up every day and be reminded that, even though I have been living in America for the past 18 years, in a few months, all my honors and education might end up not mattering anymore.
That’s because I was born in Ica, Peru, and moved to the United States when I was five years old. Just like hundreds of thousands of my fellow Dreamers, I don’t have documentation, and right now, I don’t have a path to get it.
Congress needs to pass immigration policies that protect us Dreamers, not just for our own sake, but for the communities we contribute to and the national economy as well.
Check out the new website Dreamers.FWD.Us and take action to stand with Dreamers.
I never let anything keep me from advancing academically. Unfortunately, when high school ended, I was getting all these acceptance letters from universities, but I couldn’t go to any of them because I didn’t have a Social Security number, and therefore didn’t qualify for financial aid. Still, I found a way to go to community college and transfer to Quinnipiac University, where I graduated magna cum laude.
Dreamers like me have proven ourselves time and time again to be upstanding members of our society — as teachers and nurses, managers and military personnel.
But right now, our country’s immigration system is failing us. And that means it’s failing companies and communities, too.
Now I may not be able to contribute to the country which I have called home for so long. All because Congress hasn’t passed a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers like me yet.
Call your member of Congress and ask him or her to stand with Dreamers now.
Congress must pass a legislative solution that gives hardworking and otherwise law-abiding Dreamers like me the opportunity to apply for legal status and live out in the open without fear of deportation. It’s the right thing to do for us and for America’s communities and economy.
Thank you for standing with us today,