I can still remember suddenly getting the call from my mother: “Turn on the TV—Obama is making an announcement on immigration.”
Confused but diligent to my mother’s ask, I went and found the only television available in my college dorm. It was June 15, 2012, one day before my graduation ceremony. But it was also the day President Obama announced a new policy that would eventually be known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. In the absence of action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, the President was taking action to make sure that immigrants brought to this country as children not be deported. Immigrants like me.
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