Florida DREAMer-in’: Andrea Seabra’s story
Andrea Seabra remembers December 21, 1998 as the day that changed her life. At 11-years-old, she moved with her family from Lima, Peru to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She recalls having a fever on the long flight and her mother taking care of her. “I was so nervous of what would happen next. Now I’m here and I love it here. I wouldn’t change it for a thing.”
Andrea grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where she went to high school. She wanted to go to college, but her undocumented status made it difficult and costly. “I applied to Broward Community College and they said ‘you’re accepted, but because you are undocumented you have to pay out of state tuition.’ And the prices were insanely expensive,” Andrea recounted.
Years later, on June 15th, 2012, her life changed again. President Obama announced DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that provides protection from deportation and grants work permits for undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children and meet necessary requirements.
“I was like ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe it!’ I grabbed all my paperwork and sent it’.” I got approved right away,” remembered Andrea. “A month or two later I was holding a driver’s license and a work permit.”
With a license and job, Andrea was able to finish college and graduated magna cum laude. She has lived in the Tampa area for the past seven years, is engaged, and has a job that she loves.
But today, Andrea is looking toward the future, and is anxious about the presidential election. “I have to renew my DACA in two months, and if Hillary doesn’t win what’s going to happen? What’s going to happen two years from now?” Though she’s lived in the United States for 18 years, Andrea’s future is not certain.
Hillary Clinton has pledged to protect President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, and introduce comprehensive immigration reform in her first 100 days as president. Hillary firmly believes America is stronger together and better when we embrace families, rather than tearing them apart.
Donald Trump has said he will eliminate DACA and DAPA if he becomes president. 11 million immigrants could potentially face deportation.
Andrea has supported Hillary Clinton since she announced her candidacy, and believes Hillary will fight for undocumented immigrants and immigration reform. “I don’t think she’ll let us just dissipate, unlike other candidates out there that just want us to disappear,” says Andrea.
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