Actress and Dreamer Marycarmen Lopez on Why Defending DACA Matters

'Dreamers see the value of an opportunity. We don't take it for granted.'

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I was seven when we drove into San Antonio… I only spoke Spanish. I remember my first day of school in an American classroom. Everyone spoke like the adults in a Charlie Brown episode. I didn’t understand ONE word. That’s when I realized I had to work twice as hard in school and it carried on to everything else I did. It was thanks to supportive family, teachers and school programs that I learned how to speak English. Eventually I received scholarships for my writing from the @hispanicheritage foundation and the Horatio Alger Association. I am still working on my dream. I want to be here. I want to make a difference. This is my home… and I AM A DREAMER. It never leaves you. The struggle to fit in and to find your voice stays with you and despite the hurdles like the one today, we carry on. AND WE FIGHT. That’s what we were taught to do our entire lives. Dreamers see the value of an opportunity. We don’t take it for granted. We understand that we are fortunate to be in a country where dreams can become a reality and we work hard to give back. By ending #DACA, Trump is saying that this country is not the United States of America. It is divided. He is denying that this country was “founded” by immigrants. Although their skin was white and ours vary- THEY WERE DREAMERS TOO. #defenddaca #wearealldreamers 

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