With the threat of losing the deportation relief they obtained through President Barack Obama, young immigrants are using their personal success to thwart potential deportations when Donald Trump takes over the White House. Trump has promised to roll back Obama's executive actions on immigration, which would directly impact 1.8 million DREAMers — young adults who were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 years old.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, referred to as DACA, allows young unauthorized immigrants who qualify, to stay in the country, work and study without fear of deportation.
Gaby Pacheco, a DREAMer and an immigrant rights activist who helps create scholarships for young immigrants through American Bridge, asked young immigrants to share on social media how DACA had impacted their lives and allowed them to make contributions to the country and their community.
"#WithDACA I have been able to become a paramedic who works in the ER to provide emergency medical services to my community, as well as being able to continue my path towards becoming a trauma surgeon," wrote Aldo Martinez on Pacheco's Facebook.
"#WithDACA I was able to graduate nursing school and provide empathetic care as a Registered Nurse for my community when they need it the most," shared Hina Naveed on Facebook.
"#WithDACA I was able to graduate nursing school, buy my first home and now I work as a registered nurse for disabled children," wrote Danielle Valli Machado. "I am also a volunteer at my kid's elementary school."