The so called “Dreamers” in the Rio Grande Valley say they’re trying to live the American Dream.
With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA still up in the air, many times they feel their plans are put on hold. With fears they could be deported and lose it all.
While many college students are worried about what to wear on their first day of school DACA students are worried about what their future holds.
Over Garcia, DACA Recipient says, “That’s always a concern for every single dreamer out there. You know we may not be able to come back to school and continue taking classes.”
While DACA does allow students to work and travel freely within the United States, Garcia says the DACA process adds to the stress list of going back to school.
“You are referred to as an alien which is a term that you know you don’t want to be described as. It’s a process you go through. A lot of background checks from the period that you entered the United States. For me I don’t recall that moment as I was brought as one year old to the United States and raised in Houston.”
Recent studies show that more than 90 percent are earning better wages and are getting higher education. An education specialist tells us how having DACA helps student achieve more.
Abraham Diaz, “They’ve been able to drive peacefully from here to UTRGV from here to STC because they know they feel confident. When they’re driving they are following all the laws. With their work authorization they can work anywhere on campus- off campus anywhere.”
Over says his faith is put on leaders in congress, both Democrats and Republicans to find a solution.
Currently congress is on a month long break. Many have expressed the need to tackle a permanent DACA solution when they get back to work in a few weeks.