“I was an intern for Marco Rubio’s office - once the staff found out I was a Dreamer, I was treated differently - not in a good way.”
Welcome to Immigration MIC Danny K, a Syrian - Armenian DACA recipient who is currently enrolled in a master’s program in FL, and is an emerging hip-hop artist!
Emigrating with a visa from Syria, Danny and his family originally arrived to Boston, and immediately moved to Florida because of the weather.
“My mom just broke the news to me” - Danny confronted a harsh reality when wanting to find a job, and his hopes and dreams to be involved in the US political system changed immediately. Upon looking to attend college, he was told that no college would accept him, until a woman he met by chance told him about attending community college.
DACA = salvation, and it gave me a future, according to Danny. From there, he worked at a gift shop at Cirque Du Solei, and eventually had a chance to intern at Marco Rubio’s office - which he enjoyed initially.
Somehow, someone in the office found out his immigration status, and all of a sudden, the mood of the people around him changed - they became more wary, more cautious to speak around him, and wasn’t fully welcomed. “Marco Rubio’s stances on immigration, are a slap in my face, a betrayal - in the hispanic community’s face as well”
Suddenly, Danny’s DACA was terminated, and he lost his job, and for three years struggled with his mental health, you can just hear how much he was affected. Eventually, he was able to have his paperwork corrected and his DACA was reinstated.
Danny a hip hop artist/ beat maker, and has a full album released, with quality music and visuals, and is committed to getting his music out there, as well as infusing his cultural background in it - it’s something to check out!
“You all inspire me to keep going [all the people doing sit ins and protesting] we’ve come so far - they’ve JUST started to hear us”
Watch the full interview on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/2BLWDUJ
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