Junior picks DACA fight

Dreamers hope to stay in America


Dedicated to DACA Junior Abigail Guerrero poses in her room with Mexican decor. She got involved in DACA after joining an organization named Increase the Peace.

Camm Pollmacher, News Editor

Junior Abigail Guerrero’s grandparents moved to the United States from Mexico in search for a better life.

Now, Guerrero says she is hoping to help other similar families by supporting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.)

DACA was created by the Obama administration in 2012 to provide work permits to unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States as children. They are often referred to as Dreamers.

“What inspires me to keep fighting for DACA is my family,” Guerrero said. “My great grandmother came to America from Mexico seeking a better life for herself and her family. I want others to have the same opportunity.”

President Donald Trump declared March 5 would be the end date for the DACA program, but a Supreme Court ruling has postponed that date.

There are roughly 690,000 immigrants who are protected under DACA. What will happen to these Dreamers remains unclear.

“I’m fortunate enough to say that all my family has gained citizenship over the years,” Guerrero said. “However, I know that this isn’t the case for many hardworking families in America, so I continue to stand up for [DACA] and devote my entire being to the revolutionary actions that lie ahead.”

She said she’s motivated by all the community she saw during her march through Chicago.

“I have vivid memories of protesting downtown Chicago with others of the same beliefs. It’s so heartwarming to see hundreds of people of from all backgrounds ready to fight for their future,” Guerrero said.

Many Dreamers live in highly populated areas such as Chicago. According to the Pew Research Center, there’s roughly a population of 40,000 Dreamers permitted with DACA in the Chicagoland area.

Social Science teacher Paul Kolimas said ‘to kick them out strikes many as not only inhumane but a self-inflicted wound both to the economy and to the defense of the United States.’

“Many of them are serving in the American military, many of them serve as teachers or as nurses so they contribute to the American economy and to the defense of the United States in a variety of ways,” he said.

22-year-old Elizeth Arguelles is a Dreamer. She was born in a small town near Veracruz, Mexico. She plans to renew her documents and live under DACA.

“DACA has affected me in a positive way. I am able to look and apply for better jobs,” Arguelles said. “DACA is a door that opens to many opportunities like applying for a well-paid job and receiving a license and state ID, which give you a sense of belonging to this country and sense of peace.”

Arguelles said that if the Trump administration were to get rid of DACA, then her family would be deeply affected financially and emotionally.

“If Trump got rid of DACA my family and I will be affected by a lack of peace and tranquility,” Arguelles said. “Currently, I am the only person in my household with DACA and I have many plans for the upcoming months that require me to have the right documents. If DACA was taken away, my family will be affected financially and emotionally.”