My name is Cris and this is my story.



Ask the 150+ New York City students I have helped go on to college, students who have earned over $1 million in scholarships/grants, and you will get an idea of how important education is to my idea of the “American Dream”. Education is why my parents brought me to this country when I was 6 years old. It is why created an award-winning startup. Education is why I have dedicated the past decade of my life helping mostly low-income, first-generation students prepare for and earn scholarships for college.

But according to the statutes of this country I love, I am not American enough. Throughout most of those years and accomplishments, I was an unauthorized immigrant.

The lives of millions of unauthorized immigrants and their family members are in the balance with the possibility of losing DACA. Many U.S. citizens and permanent residents miss out on the impact and innovation that expanded DACA and DAPA-eligible people could provide.


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    + 2 Mandy Ong Facebook commented Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez to support Cris. 12 months ago
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    + 2 Kareem Hertzog tweeted Congressman Charles Rangel to support Cris. about 1 year ago
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    + 2 Murad Awawdeh tweeted Congressman Jerrold Nadler to support Cris. about 1 year ago
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    + 35 Cris Mercado sent a letter to Congressman Gregory Meeks to support Cris. about 1 year ago
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    + 2 Vincent Hofmeister tweeted Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to support Cris. about 1 year ago
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    + 2 Dara Adams tweeted Congressman Jerrold Nadler to support Cris. over 1 year ago
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    + 35 Paola Guzman sent a letter to Congresswoman Susan Davis to support Cris. over 1 year ago
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    + 35 Aisha dixon sent a letter to Congressman Charles Rangel to support Cris. over 1 year ago
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    + 35 Nairy Soto sent a letter to Congressman José Serrano to support Cris. over 1 year ago
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    + 2 Nairy Soto tweeted Congressman José Serrano to support Cris. over 1 year ago

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