My heart is still heavy for my community. My heart is still heavy for all the fighters who lead the creation of DACA. My heart is also still heavy for the immigrants living with uncertainty of their future for 2017. Take a minute to read about what some are facing.
Since November, it seems as if we've been working backwards: instead of innovating DACA, we are solely trying to prevent it's termination. I've been living in the U.S., the place I call home, for most of my life. I worked two, and sometimes three, part-time jobs to get through college. During my time here, I was able to study, intern, and volunteer abroad with Advance Parole. I also was able to get 100% funding through scholarships the entire time. I recently graduated from a top business school and even landed a job with my dream company. The key take-away is: I'm not a criminal, as some have suggested. In fact, I have full belief that I maximized my time and gave the best I could. I love the country I've lived in for 20 years and I don't want to move anywhere else.
To add, as a worker I now pay a much heavier weight of taxes. My frustration isn't because it's necessailry "more," but because I don't have a say as to what the government does with my money. It, by no means, funds educational opportunities for people like me through FASFA because they are ineligible. I can't vote to reverse, vote to change, or have a voice.
Today we might stand in fear, but tomorrow we need to stand in hope. I sincerely wish Mr. Donald Trump makes the best out of his presidency because I will make sure he is being more than challenged ever day from people like me who are #HereToStay. I definitely don't hope he fails, because I know we are living under the same roof trying to protect OUR country. I hope our president-elect will Make America Greater, because I'm a forward thinker who believes America is great and has the potential to be even greater. To all my American family of all races, religions, colors, and ethnicities, he is the representative of our country, but WE are who drives it.
My homework to those who don't understand the immigrant community right now: read about DACA, how the program has helped us help our family, how many taxpayer dollars we put into OUR American system, and discover why we too love America so much.
Let's work together in 2017 and fight for A Greater America.
Love, an immigrant, DACAmented, Hispanic, female, professional, and AMERICAN.