Me + DACA

Check out a timeline of the DACA immigration program

I rarely broadcast politics or personal stressors. I worry my years of study have gone to waste due to political stupidity at various levels from numerous groups. I was undocumented until I was able to work in this great nation using the DACA program, which has stood on tenuous ground since late 2017. I was brought to the USA as a child. Since then, I graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in three and a half years with a GPA of 3.5 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in the currently lucrative and useful field of computer science. This was after a year of studying mathematics and computer science in the gorgeous Santa Fe Community College and the Los Alamos branch of UNM. With decent budgeting, family help, and merit scholarships, I had room to develop my education as a computer programmer; a passion I’ve held since my early teens when I’d create videogames for fun. See my LinkedIn profile or bio for more info.

Soy mojado, educado, y honrado.

Whether my immigration status is imperiled or not, I can put my skills and talents to use in many other countries. I’ve stayed in the USA almost as a form of protest or insanity or stubbornness or love for the idealism, beauty, diversity and opportunity one can find here. Growing up Seventh Day Adventist and participating in the modern world have taught me a lot about compassionate morality, and it is truly an honor to live in a nation with rule of law as a tax paying resident. (read about practical limitations DACA recipients experience)

I can pay back my family’s help, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to pay back this country’s generosity by being a productive member of the United States of America. As a proud citizen of the Estados Unidos Mexicanos, I always have a home, friends, family, social justice projects, and prospects for computer science and software engineering work should I need to return to my sorely missed birthland. It would be good to live without the burden of systematic American racism.

For the untold time since 2017 I await the results of a federal court case to see whether DACA is unlawful and thus eligible for termination, as this nation’s bipolar-like political system decides the fate of some 800,000 fortunate immigrants who would otherwise have illegal status.

I recognize many other groups of immigrants in the USA, the Americas, and the world are having much more difficult times than individuals using DACA.

Wishing unending peace and longevity to the human race,

Hugo O. Rivera Calzadillas

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Sources:

An uplifting article indicating Tim Cook’s support: nbcnews.com/news/latino/apple-ceo-tim-cook-shows-unprecedented-support-daca-ahead-scotus-n1061666

An economic analysis of the effects of ending DACA: observer.com/2017/10/economic-effects-of-daca-are-460-billion-per-year/

Two relevant cases taken up by the supreme court of the USA: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/supreme-court-takes-gay-rights-daca-guns-term/story?id=65301680

There are technical legal arguments to be made for the illegality of DACA: scotusblog.com/2019/09/symposium-will-the-court-reach-the-merits-of-daca/

«DACA incentiva la innovación», dice Tim Cook: https://www.cnet.com/es/noticias/tim-cook-apple-daca-inmigracion-dreamers-informe-corte-suprema/

*(The latest version of this personal essay may be on Facebook. I have crossposted it here for people who do not desire to participate in Zuckerberg’s privacy nightmare)

Summary of the DACA program

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. To be eligible for the program, recipients cannot have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records. Unlike the proposed DREAM Act, DACA does not provide a path to citizenship for recipients, known as Dreamers. The policy, an executive branch memorandum [CURRENTLY THE LEGAL EQUIVALENT OF DUCT TAPE], was announced by President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for the program on August 15, 2012.