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Miami, FL

I was 8 years old when I crossed the Mexican border with my aunt. I did not know it was illegal at that time. I did it because I wanted to meet my father for the first time; it was a beautiful mistake.

Growing up in a foreign country that doesn’t want you was tough. There were points in my life where I thought I had no future. After the approval of DACA my life has improved substantially. I am able to apply for jobs, get a driver’s license, and receive a waiver for in-state tuition.

I am currently 18 years old and pursuing a Computer Science degree. I have my father to support me every step of the way. I think the American dream is about improving one’s standard of living and having support from your family. You see it all the time on television with family sitcoms and movies about success stories. I don’t know how long I have to wait for immigration reform but that isn’t going to stop me from pursuing my dreams.

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