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Op-Ed, Facing Reality: Being Undocumented and Unapologetic

As the DACA repeal shakes the Latinx community, some are choosing to fight back.

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Journalist Citlali Ruiz worries about her future in the United States.

Journalist Citlali Ruiz worries about her future in the United States.

Journalist Citlali Ruiz worries about her future in the United States.

Citlali Ruiz

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Good morning. I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced at a press conference on September 5, 2017, and it was like a punch to my chest with these spoken words.

The thought is always running through my head as a DACA student. I’m always worried about what can happen if one day I am detained and sent back to Mexico.  

 After posting on Twitter about DACA where I tweeted, “As a dreamer, I won’t be able to attend the college I want or work in order to help my parents. Please help defend #DACA,” I experienced racism. 

Within hours, I was attacked by hundreds of tweets.

“You’ll go to college in beanland, you’re welcome,” and “Pack your sh** and go back home!” These hateful comments kept coming one after another. I had never felt like such a target. Now I had to face a hate I had never known before. This is what prejudice is in America.

I am part of a program called Resilience Orange County, which does a lot of community engagement and youth advocacy. Resilience Orange County helps DACA recipients look for scholarships and hold free consultations for those who need legal assistance, myself included.

The hardest part about being undocumented is not being able to apply for a job without having employers ask for a social security number.  It has caused me pain emotionally and mentally. I am not able to support my family with money or provide any help for my parents. It makes me feel useless and  helpless.

I’m scared that one day I won’t find my parents home. That idea goes through my head all day, everyday. Both my parents work hard to give us the best. I can’t imagine life without their laughter, their crying, or their love. I can’t bear the thought of it. My parents have worked so hard for my two brothers and I. They hide everyday from immigration just like me and they run the risk of getting caught and sent back.

My senior year is tough because I don’t have many options now. I have to be careful where I apply to college. I only have a few options. Either I go to a community college or stay home and work. These thoughts go through my head everyday worrying about college apps and financial aid.

I really worry about my future, I don’t want to be another statistic. I want to prove to all those who doubt us and think we’re only here to freeload. I’m here to make change, stand up for my community and keep fighting. I’m scared but I’m ready to fight.

I’m still the same person, living my life to the fullest as much as I can, but for now, I keep pushing forward. Undocumented and unapologetic.

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