YouTuber Daisy Marquez Shared Her Story Of Being Undocumented So She Could Help Others In The Same Situation
Beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, Daisy Marquez, started posting makeup tutorials on Snapchat for fun and then switched over to other platforms growing a fanbase of over one million followers across all of her social media platforms.
What started as simply a fierce beauty and makeup channel turned into something much more as Daisy decided to share her experience as an undocumented person living in the US.
Last week, as ICE raids were set to happen across the country, Daisy shared to Instagram her story as an undocumented DREAMER.
In the caption she said why she wanted to tell her story, ” I want to open up and share my story for those who don’t know.” She goes on to tell the story of how when she was 10-years-old, she wanted to visit her family in Mexico. She made the trip but had to cross back into the US illegally, with a coyote, across the Rio Grande, and was nearly caught by Border Patrol.
Thankfully, her story had a happy ending and she made it back into the US and has gone on to be a successful YouTuber.
But Daisy hopes that sharing her story will help inspire others who have similar experiences as her.
Reactions to her Instagram post have been overwhelmingly positive.
There are literally more than a million people in the US who can relate to her story as a DREAMER and millions who are in the shadows – as undocumented people so often are.
With many people thanking her for her bravery and inspiration.
Many on Instagram pointed at how strong and brave she was even at 10-yeras-old and how she’s carried that fearlessness in everything she does.
Even her mama took to Instagram to share in the love.
Aww, this is just too sweet!
Along with her story, Daisy shared pictures of her on her trip to Mexico.
And her fans were eating up the photos! Telling her how fierce she looks and that she was born to be a star.
Even at 10, Daisy knew how to serve looks.
Daisy says she was a fierce, determined, and strong young lady who wasn’t afraid of anything, until it came time to cross back into the US.
Many on Instagram commented on how fearless she looked in the photos while others said she looked like a child telenovela star.
All of this started when Daisy uploaded a video to her YouTube channel back in 2017, shortly after Trump took office.
Marquez’s YouTube video, “Story Time: I’m Undocumented,” received more than 1.3 million views, making it the most popular video on her channel. In the video she talks about her immigration status, her struggles of being undocumented and shared a story about the time she had to cross the US -Mexico border when she was 10.
In the heartfelt video, Daisy opens up about how her mom brought her to the US to help give her a better life.
As with so many of our parents who crossed into the US illegally, her mother wanted to make sure that Daisy would get a better education and have more opportunities in this world as an adult.
She then tells the story about how desperately she wanted to visit her family in Mexico when she was 10 years old.
After about a month in Jalisco, Mexico, with her grandparents, her mother had explained through a phone call that she would have to return to the US with a coyote and cross the Rio Grande.
Marquez was awakened by her grandmother at 3 a.m. to start the journey. Marquez begged her to let her stay in Mexico, regretting ever going down south, but alas, Marquez was taken to the coyotes who would help her cross back in the US.
In the video, as she wipes away tears, Daisy explains the entire harrowing experience of crossing into the US with a small group of people. They have to swim across the Rio Grande, encounter the Border Patrol, run out of water, and have to walk a total of nearly 7 hours.
She points out how traumatizing the experience was simply to go back to the visit the country she was born in.
And how people shouldn’t have to suffer such a traumatic experience and even risk their lives simply to visit the country they were born in. Or to visit their abuelos and other familia.
Even though she applied to 7 different colleges and was accepted to all of them, she couldn’t attend any of them.
When Marquez safely returned home to Oak Cliff, eight years had passed, and while pursuing her love for makeup and balancing school work, her new test of strength came after graduation: her immigration status held her back from doing the things she wanted to do — like attending college.
“I worked my ass off, I took college classes, graduated with distinct honors … all that went to waste all because I’m from Mexico,” she said in her video.
Marquez discussed in her video that despite being accepted to every college she had applied to, the cost of going would be at a much higher rate because of her status as an international student, a burden she did not want to put on her parents’ back.
Stuck between school and chasing her passion for makeup and fashion, she took the plunge and dedicated her life to creating more videos for her followers.
As a successful YouTuber she’s had to pass on several amazing opportunities because of her immigration status.
From a trip to Bora Bora to having to move her life to Los Angeles in order to pursue her dreams as an artist, Daisy is not shy about sharing her struggles, dreams, and aspirations on her YouTube channel.
She ends her video by reminding all the people who may be in the same situation to never give up on your dreams.
Sharing a deeply personal story, as Daisy did, is often one of the strongest ways to reach people, to inspire them. And with an estimated 1.3 million eligible DACA recipients in the US, let’s hope that her story has inspired many of them to chase their dreams.
And her story seems to have resonated with a lot of people.
Reactions on Twitter to Daisy’s video, range from tweets of tears and sadness for her story to “bravo daisy, you’re amazing” and “thank you so much for sharing your personal story. with it i hope others see their own potential.”