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FHSU Alumni Shares DACA Experience After Repeal

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On September 5th, 2017, President Trump announced that he and his administration were starting the process of ending DACA, and that congress would have a six-month time frame to come up with a replacement. This was followed by outrage on social media, with millions of people coming out against the President’s Actions. Included in the outrage was Homero Ortiz, a recent graduate of FHSU and a “Dreamer”.

Ortiz decided to share his frustration with the decision on Twitter, describing how he was a member of DACA and how it affected his life.

“I usually try to not to get into politics, especially on Twitter, but yesterday I found myself reading a lot of ignorant comments and it seemed like a lot of people didn’t know what they were talking about,” Ortiz explained. “I even saw ‘friends’ retweeting stuff that was hurtful to me because by agreeing with the removal of DACA it was like they were basically saying they wanted me, a friend, deported too.”

Ortiz and his family moved to the United States when he was just 6 years old. His father worked in the United States with a Visa, sending money back to his family in Mexico. Eventually, his parents decided to come visit family that lived in Colorado and decided to stay there. Before that, they had raised their family in Cd. Juarez, which is one of the most violent cities in the world. “My parents didn’t want us to live in that environment.” Ortiz explained.

“After sharing that story, I have had a lot of people come out and be very supportive so that’s always nice, but I have also seen some very rude and hurtful comments. I have done my best to try to ignore those,” Ortiz explained. “The most important thing is that there has been people that have said that they can relate to my story and other people are beginning to empathize with us which goes to show us that we are not alone and a lot of people around us will fight for us as well,” he goes on. “My story is just one of thousands.”

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