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No longer deferred from travel

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My sister and I had always shared the strong desire to travel. Naturally, when we received our first California IDs, the first thing we did was research to confirm that they could be used for traveling.
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You’re hired

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Now I saw clearly that his hiring us was not out of generosity, but a tactic to manipulate us by threatening our job when we requested anything he didn’t agree to.
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Living with DACA

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I felt anxious when I saw the highlighted portions, momentarily forgetting that, thanks to DACA, I now had a valid Social Security number.
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Riding with DACA

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It’s 2011. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program doesn’t exist yet, so I have no access to a driver’s license or the right to own a vehicle.
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Let’s put an end to ‘wetback’

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And the survival of derogatory terms such as “wetback” is a constant reminder that I don’t belong and continues to make me feel estranged from a country I recognize as my home.
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Feeling invisible

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Thinking about her reaction that night caused me physical pain. I felt increasingly insecure about who I was. And I found it impossible to trust any future friends for fear of being judged again.
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