“I come from a low income family of three children. All three of us needed legal assistance to fill out the DACA application. If it wasn’t for the help we received at school we would of never done it because the process is stressful and having someone helping you, showing you what steps to take, made everything easier. In addition, it added stress to my parents because like any Illegal parent they came here to give us a better future and they knew that DACA will be a great opportunity.
However, it was stressful for them because they didn’t know how to help us. But knowing that there was someone professional and trustworthy helping us made them feel more comfortable and it reduced the level of stress. Personally, I am very thankful my parents didn’t have to pay anything for my application because I received financial aid from the legal clinic. I will be forever grateful because it was a great help, given the fact that if I didn’t receive the help my parents would of have to pay for my application and for the application of my two siblings.
I have a great passion for school but knowing the struggles we face it made me worry sometimes and it made me think of not going to college because I knew it will be hard for my parents to afford my education and the education of my sister. However, when I was able to work my worries faded because although my pay is low I still have a way to help my parents…in some way. And all of that is due to DACA and I filled out DACA because of the legal aid I received. My family and I owe the legal aid at my high school more than we can imagine. We are forever grateful and I wish there was a way I can repay them…one day.”