My name is Pascual Callejas and I am currently a beneficiary of DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but I was definelty not always this fortunate. I was brought to the U.S. at the age of one in the arms of my mother along with my sister and older brother at her side. This was in 1998 and I am now 19 years old and enrolled full time at a university in Texas. I ammajoring in political science and have aspirations to become an immigration attorney and represent the immigrant community.
In Mexico my parents grew up in small one room houses that had dirt floors and no running water or electricity. They truly lived a life off of the land and put in a lot of hard work to raise three children. They realized that this was not the place to raise a family and saw a future for us in the United States. This decesion is one I will forever be grateful for. I grew up, learned English just as fast as I had learned my native toungue, picked up on reading, and never wanted to set a book down. I excelled in the classroom and was just like my classmates in almost every since. However I would come to find out as I got older that I was different, and although we are all different in our own unique way, this different was especially scary. I would come to know that I was undocumented, illegal, and not a U.S. Citizen. I grew up pledging allegiance to the flag, wanting to go to college, I wanted to have a career, and to live and work in the U.S. After finding this out all of it seemed impossible. I feared for my parents and siblings and the possibility of our deportation and separation. To this day I still fear for my parents. With the Supreme Court ruling 4-4 on the court case the potential for my parents to benefit from DAPA diminished, and while my siblings and I currently have a temporary legal status, current rhetoric and potential changes have us in fear of what is to come. Taking away DACA would mean losing my social security number, drivers license, car, employment, and the ability to stay in the U.S. I hope that programs and initiatives like the bridge act will protect us and help expand immigration reform. There is no doubt there is an issue the question remains, what is the best way to approach it. I truly believe that programs like DACA and DAPA are a step on the right direction and will benefit not only it's beneficiaries like myself and parents, but increase the workforce and economy as a whole. After all, this allows us to be legally employed, pay taxes, own property, vehicles, etc.