Faces of DACA at Hartnell College

By Samantha Calderon
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From left to right: Melvin Jimenez, Katherine Hernandez, Miguel Flores, Estefania Miranda, Yareli Chino, Daniel Diaz share how they found out they are undocumented at DACA reside chat on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Photo by Samantha Calderon.
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Mia Castillo, Corina de la Torre (not pictured), and Melvin Jimenez (left) share statistics on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at the Faces of DACA reside chat and discussion panel at Hartnell College in Salinas on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Photos by Samantha Calderon.

Faces of DACA is a storytelling organization that captures the personal narratives of individuals under DACA. There are approximately 800,000 DREAMers in the United States. 200,000 DREAMers live in California. Faces of DACA educates people on misconceptions about DACA, such as the notion that DACA is a path to citizenship, when it is not. It is a call to action for people to contact Congress to urge them to propose a clean DREAM Act by March.

Participants told how they found out they were undocumented.

Yareli Chino said, “I realized I am undocumented when I asked my mom for my social security number to apply for a job, and she said I do not have one.”

Daniel Diaz shared that he realized he is undocumented when he was invited to Japan after four years of studying Japanese, and his mother told him he could not go to Japan because he cannot get a passport.

Estefania Miranda said, “I remember taking my driver’s license picture. I was crying. To most people this isn’t a big deal, but being able to get a driver’s license was the most beautiful thing.”

Miranda states that being under DACA helps her feel confident to share her undocumented status.

To read more stories from local DREAMers or to find out how you can help, visit their website facesofdaca.us.

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