By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
Check out this news article, “Young U.S. deportees search for a path in Mexico“.
In this article, the stories of those who have been deported, who would have qualified for the DREAM Act and DACA, are highlighted. Their stories serve as a reminder of the urgency in passing immigration-related legislations that better address issues affecting the undocumented community. While the lack of inaction by the federal government to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and those who have been deported continues to shape our everyday life experiences, undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions are being deported on a daily basis. Others continue to be forced to make the decision of leaving the U.S. in the hopes to live a life free of fear and barriers when accessing services and opportunities. For these and multiple reasons, Congress needs to take action in a way that represents our experiences and needs, not just the interests of politicians.
“Landa is part of a generation of young deportees struggling to build identities and carve out paths in a country they left as children, where they have few memories and tenuous ties. The journey for many has meant learning to live by new rules, navigate unfamiliar bureaucracies and overcome negative stereotypes.”
“About 500,000 Mexicans between the ages of 18 and 35 living in the United States without authorization returned to Mexico between 2005 and 2010, said Jill Anderson, a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for North American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.”