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  • There was no food on the table so my dad took his books and headed to Port Arthur, Texas to learn English. Mom and I walked together hand in hand across the bridge between Piedras Negras and Eagle Pass. We were going to be in the United States to see my dad for a short time, like a vacation.

    When I am done with my story, I look at the 25 faces in front of me. Our community has pain. One by one the parents introduce themselves to the group. “I am Felipe from Peru my wife and I came to the United States for the same reason as your family, to find a better life...” his voice trailed off, his face distorted. He looked down and he began to sob. “I am very happy that my daughter has the opportunity to get this work permit. If there is anything we can do, we are here to help, thank you.” Tears were running down one woman’s cheek.

    The father of a fifteen-year old quickly walked to his seat. Outside there were 28 people, including his daughter, applying for the opportunity to live without fear for two years. In this room their spouses and parents waited, excited and nervous, asked a lot of questions. “What will happen if my wife is denied?” and “Can my son send proof that he is going to college? Is this only for youth?”

    Today we connected with each other, we walked hand in hand for a moment in the parent engagement room while their sons, daughters, spouses applied for DACA.
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