DACA, A Seven-Year-Old Memory

On June 14, 2012, I flew on a plane for the first time since I arrived in the United States at four months old. Unlike that first time, I remember everything from this plane ride. The destination, Los Angeles, the purpose, become an immigrant rights organizer. My father came with me to the airport. Although he too feared that a …

The Downtrodden. The Underdogs. The Longshots.

Through my summer internship at the Dream Project, I learned that leaders are not necessarily the people with high paying salaries or impressive resumes. Leaders are our moms, our neighbors, our teachers. As an informed individual, I am compelled to believe that my education is a key to helping those less fortunate, and showing others that they can also be …

The Danger of DACA

Since last summer DACA recipients have suffered the anxiety, the political attacks, and the uncertainty around DACA. We always knew DACA, our saving grace, was temporary, but still we rejoiced and celebrated this program that magically fixed our lives. A driver’s license, airplane trips, in-state tuition, and a sense of security and stability — we welcomed these with open arms. …

Dreams, Hopes & Sacrifices National Geographic Photo Camp

By Jacky Cortes, Dream Project Alum While the whole country talks about immigration and family separation, it is not that often that immigrants like myself get access to professional photographers and a world-renowned platform to share your own stories through art and photography. But last month, we did. And doing so fueled us to continue to proudly embrace and document our journeys. During …

Progressive Voice: Why Supporting DACA Benefits All of Us

Progressive Voice is a weekly opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their organizations or ARLnow.com. By Emma Violand-Sánchez On the morning of Thursday, August 24, I stood at Courthouse Plaza next to Lizette A., an extraordinary young woman, as she led a …