Meet Giancarla, Ayuda employee and DACA recipient.

“My name is Giancarla, I am a DREAMER, and I have been working at Ayuda for the past 2 ½ years. I was born in Bolivia and I came to the US with my family when I was 10 years old.

More than 80% of DREAMERS arrived to the US when they were 10 or younger. We have lived here longer and know more about this country than our own, and while we may not be American, we grew up in the American Way.

I am especially grateful and always happy to talk about The Dream Act because it has done so much for me. Since becoming a DACA recipient, I have been able to get a driver’s license, start building credit, rent an apartment under my name, buy a car under my name, get a legitimate job with basic benefits like health insurance, etc., and more importantly, have had the protection from deportation to enjoy all these things… at least temporarily.

Although there are still limitations on what I am allowed to do, like travel outside of the US or apply for financial aid at college, I am still optimistic that this new administration will finally make a pathway to citizenship for us DREAMERS… that is the ultimate “dream” for us, when we are no longer treated as guests in the home where we grew up.”

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