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

“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.

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