My name is Juan and I am a DACA beneficiary. I came to this country with my family when I was 9 years old. As soon as I started school, it was my goal to learn English as quickly as possible, and by the time I was in eighth grade, I was able to speak it fluently. I also was very diligent and dedicated to my studies, earning top grades consistently throughout high school and college.
I was able to go on to college and study. My dream was to become a teacher so I made plans to go onto graduate school and earn my teaching certification. Even though at the time I had no legal status, I was determined to continue my dreams. Unfortunately, the day after graduation while on my way to graduate school I was stopped by Border Patrol and put on deportation proceedings. Thanks to Senator Durbin I was able to receive deferred action prior to the DACA program. Once DACA was in effect, I was able to continue my stay in this country and my deportation was put on hold.
Thanks to DACA I have been given the opportunity to contribute to this country in many ways. I have worked in the nonprofit sector organizing English as a Second Language and Computer classes for immigrant adults. I also have worked in healthcare, providing interpretation services for patients and medical staff. Without DACA, I would no longer be able to contribute to this country in significant ways.