By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) is a film that features Angy Rivera‘s story of sexual abuse, growing up undocumented, and organizing. Since the age of 4, Angy has grown up undocumented in the United States. Mikaela Shwer and her team followed Angy’s personal story from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times as she becomes a beacon in a movement for national change. Along her journey, Angy inspired her undocumented mother Maria to speak openly about her status as well.
Personally, I had the opportunity to connect with Angy back in 2013 and since then, she has continued to inspire me. Her tremendous support and organizing efforts always remind me about the importance of sharing our stories, pursuing our dreams, resisting, working together, and organizing. Many of you may already know Angy, from her amazing “Ask Angy” column where she answers questions from undocumented folks and allies all across the United States. To give you a glimpse, here’s her advice regarding traveling while undocumented:
I’m a 32yr old professional currently employed with a working permit obtained through DACA. I feel very fortunate and I am currently seeking to enjoy the privileges of having a “legal status”. My question is with regards to traveling to Puerto Rico. I’m planning on a trip there in November to celebrate my birthday. I’ve heard I can travel with a valid NYS DMV ID. But there has been concern amongst my friends and family about the process entering from Puerto Rico back into New York. I was wondering if you have any information about the entering procedures? Do you have to go through customs? Most of the people I’ve talked to have traveled with their US Passport. I’m hesitant about traveling with out more information. I would appreciate any information or any referral to an attorney. Thank you in advance.”
Angy’s advice: “Thank you so much for your question. This has been a common concern for many Deferred Action beneficiaries. According to Educators for Fair Consideration, one can travel to a U.S. territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and without advance parole. Traveling to a U.S. Territory is like flying to another state within the country. Take a valid state ID. They also recommend taking direct flights, or connecting flights in other states, but none from other countries. Many of my DACA friends have flown to Puerto Rico and returned safely. I asked them for help before writing this post to make sure. Have fun in Puerto Rico and happy early birthday!”
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