In September, the Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which would put nearly 800,000 young people out of work and at risk for deportation.
Since that decision, activists and fellow undocumented immigrants have been demanding that Congress pass The Dream Act of 2017, which would protect undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as minors from being deported and being kicked out of the workforce. Activists and DACA recipients are fighting for a “clean” Dream Act to be passed by Congress to protect their undocumented parents from deportation as well.
For so many people, their parents are the original Dreamers, leaving behind their home country in order to better the lives of their families. Despite the uncertainty from the Trump administration, people are sharing stories of their family’s immigration to the U.S. using #OriginalDreamers. Those who have shared photos and stories tell of their parents’ love and sacrifice in pursuit of the American Dream. Here are some of the touching stories being shared.
People are honoring their fearless family members that first came to the United States.
— amanda collado (@a_collado8) November 7, 2017
Imagine leaving behind everything you’ve ever known to move to a different country to start over.
They’re showing everyone what true sacrifice looks like.
From selling pieces of gum as a kid on the streets of Sinaloa to picking strawberries from dusk til dawn.This woman sacrificed so much to make sure my sibilings and I were given a chance at success. No words will ever be enough to thank her #OriginalDreamers #Dreamer #MiMadre pic.twitter.com/A9CYdAeZ9z
— Yaneli Perez-Lopez (@iam_neli) November 8, 2017
It looks like long hours in backbreaking work for very little pay, all spent to support loved ones. Despite the uncertainty and physical demand of some of these jobs, our parents persisted and worked hard to give us a good life.
The hashtag is filled with photos of young people hungry for a new life, with words of gratitude from their children that have had greater opportunities because of them.
They left El Salvador almost 18 & 17 years ago in order for me to be able to accomplish things they could only dream of. Mis triunfos son sus triunfos; gracias mamá y papá por siempre agradecida ? #OriginalDreamers pic.twitter.com/KxEW43qyIV
— Kathy ????❤️ (@ksantamaria_) November 8, 2017
“My victories are your victories; thank you mom and dad [I’m] forever grateful,” @ksantamaria_ wrote.
Some of the stories shared under #OriginalDreamers paint a vivid picture of heartbreaking experiences.
My dad. Born in León, GTO. Brought to the States at the age of 10 with only his siblings bc his mother died weeks before & his father had another family. Works harder than anyone I know, thank you for being so eager to learn and being so good to us. I love you. #OriginalDreamers pic.twitter.com/em6wi6Svhm
— gutierrez, gabi (@_gabigutierrez) November 8, 2017
The wide range of stories shared show how different and unique every immigrant’s experience is. These parents are powerful examples of the kinds of sacrifices many people would be too scared to make.
Proud children are also sharing the success stories of those #OriginalDreamers.
— La Sirena ? (@tiffanymmf) November 8, 2017
Many came to the U.S. and did work many Americans would never do. They were maids, janitors, and farm workers, but above all, they are loving parents doing the best they can for their kids. It is easy to forget how hard parents had to work to build their lives as immigrants. #OriginalDreamers gives us a chance to reflect on the hard work they put in for the benefit of the next generation.
The most prominent theme among #OriginalDreamers was sending money back to the family left behind.
My dad sacrificed his life travelling to California from his hometown of Tamazula in order to make money and support his family back in Mexico. All of his life's hard work has supported my siblings and I greatly. (P.S. that's my sister in that pic, not me) #OriginalDreamers pic.twitter.com/lF5D7cyjta
— Sophie Barajas (@soaf_a_loaf_) November 8, 2017
Because of this, children of #OriginalDreamers show pride for their hard-working parents.
These 2 came to California from Ocotlán, Jalisco & Tijuana, BC, respectively. They both worked tirelessly to ensure their families were supported, and that the family they started together had every opportunity afforded to them. And they looked good doing it! #OriginalDreamers pic.twitter.com/aVzNac3eyp
— alex zaragoza (@there_she_goz) November 8, 2017
Family always looks out for one another, and we learned that from our parents.
Some parents never got to see their children reach the success they helped pave for them.
— geneva lol (@okziamok) November 7, 2017
But that doesn’t mean their children can’t show their love and appreciation. ? ? ?
These stories show immigrant’s resilience and strength, and the legacy they build in America.
About 39 years ago this man left his home in Michoacán MX and family behind to make a better life for himself and his future kids. He has sacrificed so much for us and for that I will ALWAYS be grateful. I am beyond proud of him! Love you daddy! #originaldreamers #dreamer pic.twitter.com/wzMiQoPNeJ
— jackie pimentel (@PimentelJackie) November 8, 2017
Now that you’re officially crying, don’t forget to tell your parents that you love them.