César Vargas knows very well the taste of victory. After years living as an undocumented immigrant in Staten Island, NY, he managed to enter law school and become the first undocumented Hispanic to be accepted by his state Bar Association.
To achieve that success, he had to litigate his case in court for four years, an experience that further motivates him when he has to fight for his clients in court. But due to his immigration status, his achievements are now at risk due to President Donald Trump's decision to end the DACA program.
The mandate of Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has allowed almost 800,000 undocumented youths to come out of the shadows who
- like Vargas - arrived as minors in this country. The program was approved by President Barack Obama in 2011 to prevent these young people from being deported, after Congress failed to agree to adopt the DREAM law that opened a path to citizenship.
“I remember my last day of school in Mexico. My mom picked me up early. We went to pick up my sister and my brother, and we went to the cathedral of Puebla as if to say goodbye to the country that saw us grow,”recalls Vargas, 34, of his departure to the North.
Twenty-seven years later, she attributes to the example of her mother, who raised them alone, the tenacity and hope that have allowed her to overcome obstacles in her life.