| Laura Garcia
DACA Recipient from Mexico
Oil on canvas 40 x 30
Laura Garcias parents fled crime in Mexico City
for a safe, new life in New York State where they worked in factories
for two years before sending for 8-year-old Laura and her younger
brother. They lacked the time and money needed to get documents.
The children left the warmth of their grandparents tiny village
to arrive without coats in the freezing fall temperatures of Newburgh.
But the school welcomed newcomers with an English as a Second Language
program. Laura excelled, showing talent for public speaking and
leadership in school, churches, and youth groups. Voted VP of her
senior class, she was denied an application to community college
because she lacked a Social Security number. The DACA program allowed
her to work for the YWCA and win a scholarship to college. Her father,
deported after a fender-bender accident, and her mother are in Mexico
caring for her brother, who developed ALS - known as Lou Gehrigs
disease. Lauras earnings support the entire family. Shes
terrified that the DACA program will end and she will be deported
before she can finish her degree. Far more American than Mexican,
she says, We will all starve if that happens."
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