Princeton Student on Being A DREAMer: “We Deserve to Feel Safe”

PEOPLE.com | 10/10/2017 | Daniela Herrera
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More than 600 university officials across the United States have teamed up to ask President Donald Trump not to end the DACA, the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, after he announced plans to terminate it in September. DACA, which protects 800,000 undocumented youths, who came to the United States as minors, to live freely and openly without fear of deportation.

Among the hundred of thousands of DREAMers are outstanding students who excelled at their local colleges and now occupy the most coveted spots in institutions as prestigious as Harvard, M.I.T. and U.C. Berkeley, including DACA recipient Karina Aguilar Guerrero. Guerrero is currently studying Public Policy and Education at Michelle Obama’s alma mater, Princeton University.

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“I told [my mom] I got accepted to Princeton and we both started jumping around [the house] and yelling,” she recalls.

Born in Mexicali, México, Guerrero, who’s father Aguilar is a carpenter, is one of the five DREAMers gracing the cover of People en Español‘s November issue. The five young Latinos revealed their personal stories and how they’re fighting to stay in America.

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After years of uncertainty about her immigration status, Guerrero was finally able to breathe when President Barack Obama launched the DACA program in 2012 through an executive order that sheltered...
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