Javier T, 29, Downey, California, Born in Latin America
I was only two when my parents left Latin America for the States. I have no memory of the trip and have never really talked to them about my birthplace. It’s as if my life began when I came to the U.S. Both my brother and sister were born in California and, thankfully, our family is still living here in the only home I’ve ever really known.
I’m now married to a U.S. citizen and working towards achieving my goals of completing my education and pursing a better career. Six months ago, I received my DACA paperwork. I applied as soon as I became aware of the program and wish I had known sooner. Before completing my application, I had to save to pay the fee and take care of outstanding traffic tickets accumulated while driving without a license, something I couldn’t get until recently. By attending free seminars at USC, I received the help I needed to fill out the DACA paperwork. By taking advantage of President Obama’s deferred action, I now feel more confident that I can secure a better job with my sights set on the U.S. Postal Service. As I work, I also plan to return to community college before transferring to a four-year university. Now that I have my own family I need job security. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love this country and I want to do my part