From Claudia Yoli Ferla <[email protected]>
Subject Remember that this fight isn't only about protecting DACA
Date December 5, 2019 11:56 PM
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In 2014, I got involved in politics for the first time as a campus organizer for Battleground Texas, but my road there wasn't easy.

I moved from Venezuela to El Paso when I was just 8 years old and grew up undocumented in the U.S.

For my family and me, this meant constantly trying to find a sense of belonging, and living in fear that at any moment, ICE could knock on our front door and rip us away from the lives and dreams we built here.

It wasn't until 2010, after decades of failed attempts, scams, and piles of paperwork, that I was finally granted an interview for my green card application. Despite following all the rules and going through all the motions required, my green card was still denied.

I was devastated and confused. And just a few days later, I received two letters in the mail: an acceptance letter to the college of my dreams, and a deportation letter telling me I had just one month to pack up my entire life and leave the country I love.

Thankfully, after years of work by undocumented youth and immigrants across the country, President Obama signed an executive order passing DACA, which allowed my deportation case to be dismissed and gave me the opportunity to continue my education and work.

But 700,000+ people are now in jeopardy of being deported because of a Supreme Court case on the Trump administration's decision to rescind DACA.

On November 12, the highest court in our land heard oral arguments on DACA, and reports came out that the justices are leaning toward upholding Trump's decision.

We cannot let that happen. Add your name right now to say you stand with DACA recipients and the 12 million undocumented immigrants fighting to stay here:

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Texas is the only home I've ever known. So many immigrant families live in our state -- in fact it's home to 17% of DACA recipients. We are your family, your friends, and your neighbors. Yet the leaders of our state still amplify Trump's hateful anti-immigrant agenda.

DACA was created to help people like me continue to flourish in and contribute to our communities.

But it's important to remember that this fight isn't only about protecting DACA. It's about getting Congress to finally pass legislation that will permanently protect 12 million undocumented immigrants from deportation -- many of whom came to the U.S. to escape violence -- without separating our families or causing fear by militarizing our border communities.

I will continue to fight for this alongside both undocumented people and citizens who are just as outraged -- because this is our home and we are here to stay.

I hope you'll join me in this effort to protect undocumented immigrants from being ripped away from their homes, by adding your name:

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Thank you,


Claudia Yoli Ferla
Former Campus Organizer
Battleground Texas



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