I Too Am DACA: Awakened Childhood Memories

  • Christiana Best 1678 Asylum Avenue
Keywords: DACA, immigration, undocumented immigrants


On March 1, 2018, many DACA recipients who had work permits and were protected from deportation because of DACA were gathered in a home to discuss their feelings and thoughts about the impending Supreme Court decision that they anticipated was going to cause havoc in their lives and those of their families and communities. While a citizen at the time, I listened to the expressions of fear and anxiety from the people in the room. The mood that evening transported me intermittingly to my own childhood memories as an undocumented youth some 40 years earlier. This reflective narrative takes the reader on a journey which explores the intersection of immigration status, race, ethnicity, gender, language, and identity in America at a time when racism and xenophobia are at an all-time high.