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Find Out Why Nobody Is Talking About The Group That Gets Deported At The Highest Rate

As the Trump administration continues to create confusion for DACA recipients in Latino communities throughout the United States, there are a few voices in the movement who are attempting to advocate for the experiences of undocumented immigrants who have a tendency of getting left out of national conversations.

One of them is Alan Pelaez, who is an Afro-Indigenous, queer, UC Berkeley PhD student, and poet, committed to ensuring that the voices of black and indigenous undocumented people get the platform they rightfully deserve. For Pelaez, who migrated to the U.S. from Oaxaca, Mexico at a young age, organizing in the movement was a direct result of the movement’s failure to give black undocumented people a voice to begin with.

Alan aims to build platforms for Afro-indigenous undocumented people.

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“It was hard because blackness wasn’t taken into account when we first started organizing for immigration,” he shared with mitú. “A lot of us were struggling because the movement wasn’t interested in our opinions.”

Pelaez believes that black undocumented people “are taken more serious” now, but also explained how the needs of undocumented black people sometimes differ from non-black undocumented groups.

In addition to organizing, Alan also uses poetry and art  to raise the voices of undocumented black and indigenous people.

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“We’re not asking for DACA or for the Dream Act because most black undocumented folks who were eligible to apply in the first place, didn’t apply because there was no nobody on the ground organizing for the undocumented black community,” Pelaez explained over the phone.

“A lot of the immigrants who are undocumented and black are much older when they come to the U.S. and don’t even know that they can apply for asylum and those who did apply automatically got sent to detention centers.”

Pelaez envisions a future where the needs of black undocumented people will receive the attention they deserve.

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Ultimately, Pelaez believes that the “here to stay” and the “we get the job done” narrative are both harmful for people who are black and/or indigenous because, at the end day, he explained, “it’s about prison abolition and denouncing the deportation regime.”

You can learn more about Alan on his personal website: www.alanpelaez.com

READ: These Illustrations Tell The Stories Of DACA Recipients In Their Own Words

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She Is A DACA Recipient And She Wants Everyone To Know Why The Parents Also Need To Be Protected

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She Is A DACA Recipient And She Wants Everyone To Know Why The Parents Also Need To Be Protected

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“We were pretty poor back in Mexico. My parents were divorced. Mom did the best she could. She was always a hustler. …

Posted by Humans of New York on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This HoNY post has really hit home for so many people.

Humans of New York has brought together some of the most interesting and relatable stories from regular people in New York City since it started in November 2010. Whether it is about eating disorders, relationships, or second chances, the blog features intimate anecdotes from its subjects, giving readers a deeply personal connection to their story. This week, Humans of New York featured a DACA recipient who just wants her mother to be as safe and protected as she is. She explains the importance of her mother’s sacrifices and credits her for helping her become who she is today.

“I’m a Dreamer. And everyone loves the Dreamers because we’re a perfect package to sell,” the woman in the photo says. “But why am I the only one who gets the chance to feel safe? Whenever I hear ‘I stand with Dreamers,’ I always think about my mom. I’m not willing to throw her under the bus. I’m not willing to be a bargaining chip to make her seem like a criminal.”

Her display of vulnerability inspired other people to talk about their own immigration stories.

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Almost 800,000 people in the U.S. are on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The parents of those recipients did what they thought was best to give their children a better life.

Some people called out the hypocrisy of those who criticize the parents of Dreamers and DACA recipients.

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Heroes indeed.

Humans of New York readers pledged their support for her and her family.

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Even her old high school teacher commented on the story.

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“She’s the perfect example of what an American should be,” her teacher wrote.

Most importantly, people realized how much their parents have sacrificed for them.

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Stay strong. The pueblo has your back.


READ: ‘Humans of New York’ Just Featured a Latina Who Broke the Cycle of Abuse

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