At this moment, the lives of 700,000 DACA recipients hang in the balance because of the Trump Administration’s deplorable decision to shut down the DACA program. Yet a group of courageous Dreamers has taken control of their destiny by filing a lawsuit to block the repeal of DACA. This monumental lawsuit asserts that the government has broken its promises to those who signed up for the progam, and that the government has violated their rights to due process and liberty. The videos below profile these heroic Dreamers in their fight to defend all DACA recipients!
Ms. Garcia is an attorney in San Diego, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was four years old.
Miriam Gonzalez Avila
Ms. Gonzalez is a teacher at Crown Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles, California. She is also a candidate for a Master of Urban Education, Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and attended college at UCLA, graduating in 2016. Ms. Gonzalez was brought to the United State from Mexico when she was six years old.
Viridiana Chabolla Mendoza
Ms. Chabolla is a first-year law student at the U.C., Irvine School of Law. After graduating from Pomona college, she joined Public Counsel as a community organizer and assisted with landmark civil rights litigation, which solidified her dream to pursue a law degree. She was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was two years old.
Ms. Ramirez is a candidate for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Ms. Ramirez was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was five years old. Since 2016, Ms. Ramirez has worked at an outpatient clinic, providing school and home-based therapy to patients in English and Spanish.
Jirayut (“New”) Latthivongskorn
Mr. Latthivongskorn is a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is also a candidate for a Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Mr. Latthivongskorn moved to the United States from Thailand when he was nine years old.