The Times Editorial Board has called on the Trump administration to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that temporarily shields some young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally.
The Times is featuring stories from young immigrants, including that of Jazmin Sosa who were spared from deportation and permitted to work during the Obama administration.
As a minor, one does not have or does not make the choice of leaving their country. It is up to the parents to make that decision for their child. I was 4 years old when I arrived to the United States with my mother in 1996. My name is Jazmin Sosa- Pahuamba and I was born in Michoacán, Mexico. I attended school in the United States from kindergarten to the present.
I grew up in North Philadelphia, For 8 years I was the only child. I did not have the best childhood, I practically grew up at my babysitters house. My mother worked long hours to provide for me. My father was an alcoholic who I barely spent time with. I was an honors student since Elementary School and am now a Phi-theta Kappa member.
When DACA was introduced I was in the living room holding my daughter. When I carefully listened to President Obama I could not believe what I was hearing. I cried and told my mother I would be able to be someone in the country where I was raised. I am the first to graduate High school and attend college. I am an example for my younger siblings and family members proving dreams come true as long as you do not give up.
I am now working at Sachs Law Group, office of Wayne Sachs, Esquire, a well-known lawyer in Pennsylvania who assists undocumented individuals with their Immigration court hearings and other immigration matters. Aside from working at Sachs Law Group I am also attending Eastern University to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Anything is possible with a little push and great people to encourage you.
Unfortunately, society has labeled us as “undocumented”, “illegal aliens”, but we are actually the future of America. We are not rapist nor drug dealers we are people with a bright future ahead. With DACA I have been able to obtain a job I love, helping and working with others who are undocumented. I have been able to drive with out fear of being stopped without a license. DACA has allowed me to buy my own cars and hope to buy my own house soon. Without DACA I would not be able to provide financially for my U.S. citizen daughter without my job and pursue my dream of becoming an Immigration Attorney.
Ready the full article at the New York Times.