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What it feels like to be a Dreamer at this particular point in time.

A 101 guide
The sense that #DACA could come to an end is terrifying. Outside of just that, there several aspect to consider that drain Dreamers daily
1. The thought that you would be STRIPPED off your DACA status is not just traumatizing, it's dehumanizing and exhausting.
1a. DREAMers have been dealing with fear and anxiety since Trump came into office, and not just because the possible termination of DACA
1b. Many of us have witnessed Dreamers being arrested/deported, while simoultaneously FEARING for the safety of our undocumented parents
1c. Mental gymnastics occur while you're at work/home. You find youself asking:

WHAT IF:
DACA ends tomorrow
Trump deports my parents
1d. And the issue lies that you don't want to open up to others who may not relate OR appear that youre complaining way too much
1e. This is where most of us find ourselves, at the corner of mental exhaustion, where fear/anxiety/doubt meet + but we refuse to give up
1f. So we keep going and going and going until we can't no more. Exhaustion, anxiety, or depression eventually get us. Burnout is real.
1g. Yet we can't stop. The fight for DACA and DREAM is a fight for OUR LIVES.
2. We keep wondering about our futures.

What will happen to:
- our car leases
- mortgages
- student loans
- relationships
- degrees
Etc
2a. For the past 5 years Dreamers have relied on DACA to live with a sense of normalcy - build a life.
2b. Now all that time and investment into "normalcy" may be crushed. Which means:

THINKING ABOUT BEING UNDOCUMENTED ONCE AGAIN
2c. Dreamers will tell you that we were all undocumented before, that we survived without DACA... but can we truly go back to that reality?
2d. If we were stressed and scared back then without DACA under Obama, can anyone imagine life w/o DACA under Trump?
2e. No amount of preparation to return to undocumented status can be done. Imagine having to prepare to face your worst nightmare (AGAIN)
2f. Are folks understanding the mental exhaustion?
3. What will happen to us if Trump tries to deport us?

Weve seen Trumps unshackled Deportation Force attempt to deport DREAMers, who is nxt
3a. Families are being torn aparente left and right under Trump. Meanwhile, DACA beneficiaries have give the Gov significant private info
3b. Will this info be used to retaliate against us? Will frontline advocates like men be first? What can we expect/trust from trump?
3c. Being deported means going back to Venezuela - country under significant economic and political turmoil. What does it mean for others?
These are just SOME of the numerous complexities and dimensions Dreamers navigate DAILY - while working/studying/etc
The psychological trauma is real. Extremely really. Which is why inurge EVEYONE to circulate mental health resources from @UNITEDWEDREAM
The fight is certainly NOT over after Trump announces the fate of #DACA. But we must consider what the road to THIS or means to all of us.
If you need to reach out to friends, do it.

If you need counseling, seek it.

If you need meds, consider it.
PLEASE take care of yourselves. And if youre an ally, please take care of Dreamers now more than ever...

Everything helps. We need it.
Good night.
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