Thank for your comment.
Juan Escalante
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Hey I appreciate your thorough response. I agree that it’s very powerful to remember that this is a very temporary and very imperfect “fix“ and that it can be used to remind ourselves that the fight isn’t over. I’m definitely not policing other folks on how to identify, there’s a lot of personal meaning and nuance behind that. When I said that i wasn't implying that id’ing as undocumented was bad, hell nah. But the fact remains that regardless of how people w/DACA identify, the benefits of having access to resources that our family and friends still don’t, however temporary or fragile (tho different by state as you mention), are very tangible and calling ourselves undocumented in certain contexts — like the title of this article — i think it can oversimplify our different struggles at the expense of erasing the most marginalized in our community, even if that’s not the intention.

I’m talking about acknowledging our privileges, however fragile or few. I think we can acknowledge our privileges and still say it’s not enough. Fight for everybody’s liberation with each other and still acknowledge our privileges and how it impacts the work we do. Claim undocu identity and still acknowledge them. Continue to make space and lift up people without DACA, people in detention, people not meeting respectability standards and try our best to always acknowledge this. It’s really awful that having a healthy, fulfilling life is a privilege, pero that’s another convo.

I don’t think we’re totally at opposites here and can see where we would still disagree. I also don’t keep up as much with different news, developments, etc or have been as involved with immigration as you seem to, I’m mostly speaking from personal experience. So thanks again por responder.

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