By firstname.lastname@example.org (Jackie Tortora)
Three years ago, I, along with the entire immigrant rights community, experienced a major victory when President Obama implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) granting legal status to thousands of immigrants who, like myself, came to the United States as children. I migrated to the United States in 1997 with my mother and younger sister when I was only nine. My family left our home in Cuernavaca Moreles, Mexico to find a better, safer life that would allow us to remain together. As we settled into our new neighborhood in a predominantly Black and Brown Pasadena neighborhood, I began to experience some of the negative treatment that comes along with being undocumented in the U.S.