Letter to the editor: Dreamers deserve a chance

Posted 3/12/19

Dreamers deserve a chance This week, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., to meet with Colorado members of Congress to reiterate to them just how important immigrants are to …

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Letter to the editor: Dreamers deserve a chance

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Dreamers deserve a chance

This week, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., to meet with Colorado members of Congress to reiterate to them just how important immigrants are to Colorado. I am a Dreamer, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipient, and although I’m not a native Coloradan, I was brought here from Mexico at a very young age and only know our state as home.

I hold a degree in International Studies, Socio-Legal Studies and Spanish from the University of Denver and have devoted my life to serving marginalized students transition to and from higher education. I’m currently a campus adviser at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and am helping students navigate higher education, and hope to do so for many years to come.

But this is contingent on Congress passing a long-term legislative solution protecting me. The DACA program was rescinded in September 2017, and the president called on Congress to act. However, Dreamers like myself have been stuck in legal limbo, living court case to court case since then. I am thankful I was able to meet with our representatives this week to show them just how crucial Dreamers are to Colorado and how much we want to contribute to Colorado communities and the economy.

Fryda Faugier Ferreira

Englewood

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