I was headed to my soccer practice when I first heard that President Obama had signed his Deferred Action for Childhood Deportations, or DACA, order.

At first, disillusioned by the failed DREAM Act, I thought my father misheard the news. I vividly remember his exhilaration that, after decades living undocumented in the United States, at least one of his children was going to be protected from deportation.

It wasn’t until I saw my friends crying for joy in the soccer field that I realized this wasn’t an illusion—it was real. DACA meant that at least a portion of our undocumented community could work, apply to college, and provide more economic stability for our families.


Read the full article at Common Dreams.

Josue De Luna Navarro is the New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow him on Twitter @Josue_DeLuna.

Get more news like this, directly in your inbox.

Subscribe to our newsletter.