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Here’s What This Undocumented College Grad Has To Say About The Haters Threatening Her With ICE For Celebrating Her Graduation

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One of the biggest gifts a child can give to a parent is the gift of hard work. It’s an even bigger accomplishment when the hard work comes through sacrifice and incredible odds. Camila Ozores Silva from Florida did just that recently when she walked across the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. The DACA recipient worked long hours while working full time proving that her hard work and her parents’ sacrifices were worth it.

Camila Ozores Silva recently got her bachelor’s degree after overcoming tough obstacles.

Undocumented. Immigrant. Latina. Queer. Woman. Low income. First-gen. Anxiety. All these salient identities and labels used to be barriers that I thought for sure would keep me from reaching my goals. All of these were reasons society told me I would not be as successful as my peers. College graduate. This identity would not have been possible without the fuel of my marginalized identities. The multiple systemic and overt obstacles in my way only served as even more reasons why I needed to achieve my dreams. This diploma I’m about to receive is a privilege and an honor and it’s a testimony to the hard work of my parents and mentors, not just myself. This one is for my family and for the millions of other folks who hold my same identities that can’t quite yet strive for their dreams. Tomorrow will forever be the day that I reclaimed my narrative and proved myself wrong. Yo soy fuerte, yo soy capaz, yo soy invincible, yo soy mujer. ??‍?? #undocugrad #latinasinhighered #werk #immigrad #undocugrads #latinxgrads ?: @josejacobphotography

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The 21-year-old received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and tweeted how she not only accomplished her dreams but was able to do that thanks to her father.

In a tweet that has now gone viral, Ozores Silva writes what it was like to be undocumented and still get college degree.

Ozores Silva found out she was undocumented as a teen and her life flipped upside down. She writes that despite facing an enormous amount of pressure because she was undocumented, her father encouraged her that they would endure the challenge together.

“I realized then that my education was no longer just mine,” Ozores Silva writes in her blog. “This was for my parents, immigrants to a country that tries and strips them of their culture and rejects them in so many ways. This was for my brother, a year behind me in school and someone I hoped to inspire to always strive for something more.”

In an interview with mitu, Ozores Silva discusses how she persevered through working 30 hours a week on top of a full class load.

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“I realized early on that this was never going to be easy with the systemic and institutional barriers placed against me and my community, Ozores Silva says. “Understanding that I needed to want this more than anything and be willing to fight for it helped me succeed.”

Ozores Silva encourages other Dreamers not to give up their fight for an education.

With so many Dreamers hanging in the balance of what the government will do to their DACA status, Ozores Silva shares words of wisdom:

“If you feel discouraged, let it come and feel it but don’t let it keep you down because education is a right that we all deserve and if you work hard enough, I believe you can achieve it,” Ozores Silva says. “Also, you might have to let go of the perfect dream. Sometimes financial setbacks are the ones most out of control, especially without the privilege of DACA and work authorization. However this doesn’t mean you need to quit, but this might mean you need to modify your dream by taking less classes at a time, going to community college, and/or graduating late. All of that is okay because it’s not about how long it takes you but it’s about you getting there.”

Ozores Silva also received some hateful comments regarding her undocumented status. To those people, she says “have empathy.”

“I’d like to tell those with hateful mindsets about my community to have empathy and hear out the real human beings affected by the terrible narratives being spewed about us,” Ozores Silva says. “I would also tell my fellow undocumented/DACA folks to have hope and to know that even if they’re not protesting in the streets or out of the shadows, their mere existence and taking up space is resistance.”

Now that Ozores Silva is done with college, she will soon be headed to Colorado State University where she will seek a masters in Student Affairs.

“I’m super excited to take my activism to a new state and continue learning as I believe education has saved my life.”


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20 Reasons Spring Cleaning In A Latino Home Is Cleaning Like No Other

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20 Reasons Spring Cleaning In A Latino Home Is Cleaning Like No Other

People love to talk about spring cleaning as if it’s not something we were dragged out of bed every Saturday morning to do all 52 weeks out of the year. Seriously. How many times did you spend a Saturday morning at home cleaning everything in the house? You were never allowed to just tidy things up. No. You have to lift the furniture and make sure that every inch of the floor was swept, mopped and bleached to mami and abuela’s liking. Here are a few examples of how Latinos take that Spring Cleanign idea to a whole new level.

1. Spring Break = Spring Cleaning

CREDIT: @gogocyncyn / Instagram

I mean, did you ever *actually* look forward to spring break? This is the week that your mom tells you, “What? You have something better to do? Dále.”

2. There’s only one way to trapeando.

CREDIT: @stefers12 / Twitter

And that’s with a cuban mop. The classic way to do this is with an old towel, your mop, and a bucket. But of course, your mami has a system…

3. And it would be nothing without mistolín.

CREDIT: @AngelRTalk / Twitter

You have two buckets: one filled with mistolín and water, and another that becomes the aqua sucio. Once you smell that lavanda scent, you know your day is over.

4. You’ll miss the days of complaining about being stuck on the sofa…

CREDIT: @wiremuch / Twitter

Because once she started mopping, it was a cardinal sin to touch the floors. Try going one week without hearing, “No toque el piso!”

5. Because these days, if you miss a spot, you’re done.

CREDIT: Avoid The Office GIF. Digital Image. GIPHY. 7 May 2018.

She’ll probably just clean everything all over again while muttering under her breath how she has to do everything and how ungrateful you are. There’s no winning. Don’t even try.

6. On the rare occasion, the fam retires old food containers for NEW food containers.

CREDIT: @busan_wonbin / Twitter

It’s always a fun surprise when you open the mantequilla tupper to find pozole. Mama likes to switch it up once a month though to keep you on your toes.

7. Verdad, we’re actually very eco-friendly spring cleaners.

CREDIT: mitú

Only tontas buy dish towels. Just reuse old T-shirts and towels for cleaning! The best feeling? When your mom volunteers your favorite old t-shirts that you’ve been missing, and know you can’t say shit when you finally find it in your mother’s hand, wiping up bathroom grime.

8. Spring cleaning also means reusing old clothes to make pillows, or vice versa.

CREDIT: Calvin Klein. Digital Image. GIPHY. 7 May 2018.

One time, my mom spent hours sewing an old curtain onto my jeans as patches (circa 2006), and was devastated when it seemed I was embarrassed. Naturally, I had to wear them to school, and had to suffer. #TheLatinoWay

9. There are some things you can never purge though.

CREDIT: @guinithahb / Twitter

Honestly, I’m shaking for this Twitter user. *Does Sign of the Cross* Pray that her mom never sees this post.

10. Like VapoRub.

CREDIT: @heteroalexual / Twitter

Nobody cares if there’s nothing left in the canister. You can still pop open the cap and the healing powers of it’s stench will clear your congestion, your headache and your depression. Keep it close, mija.

11. It wouldn’t be any kind of cleaning day without Fabuloso.

CREDIT: Fabuloso. Digital Image. Walmart. 7 May 2018.

Just toss that shit on the patio, on your floors and wipe away! Ever notice that it streaks rainbow?

12. Latinos know best, UCF.

CREDIT: @chiapanther / Twitter

This Twitter user shared the obvious solution with University of Central Florida. Psh, they really need some Latinos on their management staff.

13. And mothers everywhere are teaching their daughters young how to clean right.

CREDIT: @karlaceliss / Twitter

I’ll confess, I’m a little riled up over this. Can someone please give their son cleaning toys and end machismo already?!

14. How you know you’re Latino: You need counter space to clean the oven.

CREDIT: @miastasha / Twitter

Because you store all your pots, pans and even cutting boards in the oven. This is a labor intensive job, friends.

15. And you know the time has come when certain songs come on.

CREDIT: @ohhermosaluna / Twitter

For me, it was Ricky Martin. TBH, it still is. He’s a family hero and his music makes me want to dance, sing, and hide all at the same time.

16. Don’t forget to wipe the dust off the fake fruit.

CREDIT: @THEINFlNITYWAR / Twitter

Will someone please help a girl understand why we need so much fake fruit? And why I was always stuck wiping the grapes, the most notoriously difficult to clean fruit?!

17. P.S. the cleaning never stops.

CREDIT: GIPHY

If you don’t seem busy, or if, God forbid, you seem bored, prepare yourself for an afternoon of weeding or an afternoon of being made to feel like a POS. Every mom is different, but those are kinda the only two options where I come from.

18. The few days after cleaning, you better walk on eggshells.

If you leave even a single fork in the sink, it’s, “Nobody loves me. Who here respects my time? Nadie?! Fine, then nobody will miss me when I’m gone!” And then, while your mom fumes away from the house, your dad and siblings all spend the afternoon cleaning and cooking to prove your love for her.

19. So you did everything right?!

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There will be no praise. Just, “Why can’t you be like this every day?” Until next sabado, mami!

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