Welcome Maria from Oregon to Immigration MIC!
A DACA recipient from Mexico, currently residing in Oregon, and recently in DC advocating for DREAM Act Legislation - get to know this passionate young woman!
🔵 Her love for athletics, running, and other sports, and how those experiences shaped her as a person
🔴Growing up in a ranch in Idaho - and the very emotional retelling of her father experiencing abuse at the hands of his employers.
⚫️Moving high schools as a result, and the toll it took on their family.
🔵 Her struggles with depression/ anxiety, and her take on healthcare stemming from dealing with asthma and a running career ending injury.
🔴 Feeling “whitewashed” and how she didn’t understand the full benefits of DACA being announced as a result.
⚫️ Finding community at her university with other DACA recipients, and how it led her to become the activist she is today, though she was very hesitant/shy about to wanting to join at first.
🔵 Flying to DC for the first time, talking about the purpose of an office takeover, and more actions she was a part of.
🔴 Her interests in social work/ mental health/ suicide awareness - though saying at the moment she’s unsure of her future plans.
⚫️ Her message to everyone in a similar situation, or experiencing tough times alone: “If you feel alone, I GOT YOU. Reach out to me, I GOT YOU.”