I felt it would be a mistake to go back, but after graduating from high school I knew college would be out of reach here. I would not have the resources that someone with legal status has. No financial aid, no in-state tuition. College was completely out of reach and I did not want to sacrifice my future. Until June of there was no hope for me. I found out about Daca in the summer of 10th grade.
My mental health improved dramatically.
I felt like there was finally hope for me. For the first time my dreams would be achievable. My Daca was approved and I immediately got to work. I was still in high school but I knew I needed to work hard to go to college because I would still be paying out of state tuition. I graduated from high school on 2 June On 1 July , Florida state legislature passed a bill allowing any graduates from Florida high schools to receive in-state tuition. Today, I remain undocumented. Dreamers in my community and social circle are now prosperous and finally able to do what they want to do without fear of being deported to a country that they did not grow up in.
We are only moments away until Donald Trump announces the fate of Daca. Ending this programme will affect every part of my life. I will be put back into that hole of anxiety and fear that Daca allowed me to come out of. I am not alone either. We will fight for our livelihoods every day until we are treated like the Americans that we are.
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