I AM A DREAMER | WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT DACA?

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I've always stressed about real life situations on my blog because that is the type of blog I'd like to be known for. While "Stilettos" bit of my blog is all about fashion trends and beauty secrets- the "Standards" bit is just as important to me. In spite of my obsession for all things glam and glitz, I am human with REAL feelings just like everyone else. 

It's rather ironic for me to have a photoshoot near a judicial establishment considering that nearly a decade ago, my heart would drop at just the sight of one.

Although I am not an undocumented immigrant today, I feel every bit of pain for the 800,000 people who are affected by DACA. Because like all of them, I too was once a DREAMer.

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WHO ARE DREAMERS? WHAT IS DACA?

Simply put, DREAMers, are children of undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States as children and are protected by the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act. Under the qualification of being a DREAMer and other technicalities, these children were granted legal residency and the chance to work and go to school. 

The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program was introduced by our former President Barack Obama (still my president, just saying) and allowed DREAMers to freely obtain a valid license, enroll in college, legally secure jobs and pay taxes. Although DACA didn't necessarily pave the way to citizenship, it was a starter and deferred deportation for 2 years- which could be renewed for a fee of $495.

WHO IS AFFECTED BY THE CHANGE IN DACA?

  • In September, the Trump administration ended any further applications for DACA and only accepted renewal applications through the end of October.
  • Anyone protected under the DACA Act will be allowed protection through the expiration of their permit-for now. 
  • Nearly 800,000 people will be directly affected by the change in DACA and could face immediate deportation.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT DACA?

Imagine your parents migrating to another country due to war, natural disasters or absurds reasons like women and children's rights. Now imagine only knowing this particular country but being limited by your family's decision to live a better life. These feelings are most likely parallel to those affected by these grave changes. 

The first thing I'd suggest is to educate yourself on what DACA is and how we can help make a change on these current circumstances. Get involved locally by contacting your representatives and stay updated.

DACA may not directly affect me, but it is nonetheless an unimaginable pain as it hits close to home. I am a citizen of the United States but I was not born here and would've qualified as a DREAMer years ago. My point in all this is that 800,000 lives will drastically change when people are thrown out of the only place they've known and sent to a country they are completely unfamiliar with.

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