With much foresight to the oncoming political violence, my parents fled Venezuela in 2000, with my two brothers and me in tow, for the United States. In 2006, we learned that an immigration attorney had mishandled our immigration case, which meant that, after six years of legal fees and paying taxes, we were no longer on the path towards U.S. Citizenship.
By the time President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, I had graduated from Florida State University with a political science degree. I fought (and lost) two legislative fights in support of the Dream Act, helped enact a law in Florida that would provide in-state tuition for undocumented students across the state, and helped organize thousands of Dreamers from all across the country. Since 2013, DACA has protected my brothers and me from deportation.
With DACA, I was able to return to FSU for a Master’s degree in public administration and get a job in immigration advocacy, as the Digital Campaigns Manager for America’s Voice. I am is a Tallahassee resident, a coffee fanatic, and a fervent supporter of Hawaiian pizza.
Help my brothers, mother, and father live the American Dream.
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