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The up and downside of DACA from a local recipient – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-06-16 01:59:06 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — “Still, yes, thank you, but I don’t want … forever.”

Denisse Smizquita said he obtained DACA status about four years ago.

This program was created for people who were born elsewhere like her, but were brought to the state by their parents at an early age.

“I knew that something could happen behind my head.”

She said her family had been protracted for fear that she could be sent back to Mexico at any time before gaining status through a program initiated by President Obama in 2012.

Denisse said getting DACA status would be a path to higher aspirations.

“By reaching higher education, I was able to get the future I wanted.”

She said her parents were hesitant about the program before she first applied for it as a young teenager.

“We were confused and scared because something could happen to them if it was rejected. That was their way of thinking.”

Recipients must reapply for status every two years.
Denisse applied twice and was accepted twice, granting freedom within the state.

“I can get a job and get a driver’s license that I just got,” she said.

“I reach higher education even if I don’t get federal aid or federal scholarships, especially state scholarships.”

She said her legal status, at the mercy of those who run the government, still feels vulnerable.

“That’s how we will be attacked again in the future.”

“In the eyes of Daka’s recipients, the path to citizenship means freedom.”

Some lawmakers have marked the anniversary of the program in search of more.

Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona tweeted in part:

“It’s time to pass the path to citizenship for dreamers.”

“It makes me feel like I’m no longer an exile.”

Denisse said DACA is a blessing, but also a somewhat empty promise.

“The resurrection of Daka is certainly not gracious, but it requires permanent action.”



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