No one should be afraid of their identity, or be isolated because of it. We want to belong to our community, just like I did when I was in high school and had to lie about not having a driver’s license; “I don’t have the money for it,” I would say. The truth was, I am undocumented.
This is the story of many young immigrants who come to America and find out that we are not wanted. We are told to be extremely careful of what we say, and many begin to garner a deep fear of authority. With no way to control their situation, we hold this secret, a secret that can ruin not only our own lives- but our siblings and parents as well. What a responsibility to impose onto a young person. On top of this we are barred from many opportunities to better our lives here. I remember thinking I was a bad person, that it was my fault. After all my family did come to the U.S. because of me.
When I was born I had a severe immune deficiency, that hindered my bone marrow from producing enough white blood cells. My home country of St. Lucia did not have a hospital with enough medical expertise to even diagnose me at the time, so we had no choice but to come here. We spent a fortune in traveling, as well as paying for the immensely high medical bills. When I think about it though, a life is priceless, and I would not be standing here if it weren’t for those doctors here in the U.S.
Now I have this urge to contribute to the community that helped me just like many other immigrants who came here looking for opportunities, and DACA has allowed me to do that. With DACA I was able to get a scholarship and attend college, which otherwise would not be possible, and I was also able to get a job. So many other young immigrants want to attend college and contribute to society, taking away their ability to do so will only waste the great potential they all have. We want the Supreme Court to take this case and issue a ruling as soon as possible so we don’t HAVE TO hide our identity OR become isolated, like millions of other families, mothers fathers and children across the country.
As a DACA recipient, I am a testaments to the remarkable opportunities that deferred action has provided me, including the ability to work and have a sense of belonging. We ask the Supreme Court to provide this same feeling to millions more. It is good for our community and it is good for our America as a whole.