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Today is the 7th Anniversary of the Implementation of #DACA — here is HOW I got to August 15, 2015, to see my life COMPLETELY transformed overnight.

The story begins in 2007, I was a high school senior ready to graduate and ready to go @UCF!

Here's an awk photo of me.
SPRING 2007: I receive a call from an @UCF admissions officer. They told me that my application was missing a Green Card, and that they would be unable to give me in-state tuition w/ot it.

Confused, I asked my mom for a copy of the document — not knowing I didn't have one.
My mother froze and drove me to @FIU to ask if I would go to college. An admissions officer told her that w/o a Green Card, my family wouldve to pay 3X the amount of in-state tuition.

My mother was CRUSHED. I lied and said everything would be OK. It wouldnt be.
I took a year off from school, learned about the Dream Act and joined the @DreamAct team. Things were hard — I managed to get into @BrowardCollege but had to work 40 hours a week, go to school full time, and advocate for the #DreamAct act night.
I saw the Dream Act fail in 2007. It hurt, but I knew that if we could get the bill THAT far in Congress, it was worth another shot.

Got ready for a fight in 2009. Worked with @FLImmigrant, @UNITEDWEDREAM, and @DreamAct to rebuild the momentum.

Barack Obama was elected POTUS.
JUST LOOK AT THIS RETRO @UNITEDWEDREAM GEAR!

That's also Matisa Ramos, co-founder of UWD, and long-time advocate/supporter/badass @anjamd with the @DreamAct team! Oh, and Tam Tran 😭
@UNITEDWEDREAM @anjamd @DreamAct I met @SenatorDurbin in 2009, thanked him for his leadership, and he encouraged to never give up. I never did. I still haven't.

Eventually, I transferred to @FloridaState, majored in Political science, and graduated in 2011.
@UNITEDWEDREAM @anjamd @DreamAct @SenatorDurbin @floridastate @DickDurbin This was one of the proudest moments of my entire life. Everyone told me it couldn't be done, that undocumented students couldn't graduate from college and so on.

I proved them all wrong.

But, without status, my @floridastate degree might as well been scratch paper. #DACA
I took an unpaid internship, went into debt, and remained in #Tallahassee.

I waited, for something, ANYTHING to happen — not sure what would be the outcome.

Finally, on June 15, 2012, I found the answer via Twitter. I think it was a tweet from @favianna that alerted me at 1st.
Then, a call from @stephanievalenc confirmed it. #DACA would be a REAL thing, and my excitement poured out in the forms of tears.

I knew this was special. I knew what it meant. I knew it would allow me to keep fighting and move forward.
@stephanievalenc Thanks to #DACA I have been able to:

> Go back to @FloridaState for an MPA

> Kickstart my career at @AmericasVoice
and later @FWDus.

> Help my family and live free from the fear of deportation.

However, the work is not done.
The #DACA program is heading to #SCOTUS, and while it has helped plenty of Dreamers (700K+), our opponents are determined to take it away from us at all costs.

Here is a short video explaining what is happening —>
The fight to keep Dreamers in the United States is far from over. For me it started in 2007, 6 years AFTER the FIRST Dream Act was introduced.

Given the current state of things, some Dreamers have decided to move on — that is understandable:
nytimes.com/2019/08/13/opi…
We cannot let our opponents defeat us. The American people re with us, which is why we must continue to fight.

That of course, does not mean we must forgo opportunities that could alleviate the pain and suffering of our communities.

We must continue to fight no matter what.
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