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    Posted June 28, 2014 by
    ncgrown
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    winston-salem, North Carolina
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    President’s immigration plan: Your views

    Still in the shadows building and hiring for jobs no one else is supposed to give me.

     
    I am a 29 year old male from Guerrero Mexico raised in USA since 4 yrs of age. My identity is to remain in the dark for now although i hope one day to be set free permanently. I was brought to the USA years after my parents came to California to work and care for their 9 children. I was raised through the School system mostly in North Carolina. In Middle school i found out i was undocumented when Social Security numbers were asked of me in enrollment forms and then failed to join in field trip to DC due to fear of deportation, in High School failed to go on an AFJROTC field trip to an air force base due to fear of deportation to name a few of life time events i could not participate in due to fear or being told i could not participate because of my legal status. In high school bursting into tears when my guidance counselor pressed me as to why i didn't want to apply for scholarships or go to a college campus trip until i could no longer hold it back and watching her cry aswell as i was the first student she encountered with my situation and herself feeling powerless in ways to help me.

    My parents showed me to be strong and hard working regardless to show the Americans I was worth the effort so that if they ever found out they would endure the risk in keeping me hired. I did just that...and from time i graduated high school to now i worked in the wireless field and worked my way up to Operations Manager. I helped open over 40 stores in NC & VA from day 1 to fully operational in hiring, training, protocol and policy development for our chain. It always saddened me that while i was generating this very jobs through my hard work and leadership instilled in me i could not enjoy being hired for one should they ever find out my legal status? I was not supposed to be hired. I am undocumented. I questioned many time whether i should keep building on what i could not fully enjoy and my answer was always " My efforts and rewards are of me not my documents and so i must keep on". Fast forward 2014 I was able to marry my partner of 5 years legally in court outside Virginia as another battle in my life with same sex marriage laws emerge protections for us. So I deal with undocumented & LGBT equality fears day in and day out.

    When NC stopped renewing Drivers Licence for undocumented immigrants I lost my first major job with a furniture showroom since it required driving, and then i searched till i found a job in wireless sales but as their need for me increased and to advance would require travel, driving and filling of legal documents i had to find an alternative. I had to assume a fictitious identity of a distant relative who was born in USA but parents deported early on and took their son with them. With their blessing in the past few years i am now documented yet more undocumented and breaking deeper laws then ever. That legal document i now frightfully hold has allowed me to open my 1st business in Virginia and continue to hire and build for others what i may one day hope to freely enjoy permanently as i am now eligible for the DACA program but i still feel that is something that a future president could dissolve or tackle as the republicans continue to do so with the Affordable care act.

    It has brought me some closure to share my story today even if it's just in this box and no one reads it..for now it's emotional relief.
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