Sara Mora, DREAMer

Tell me about your family. When did you come to America?

My parents came to the United States to work and give my sister and I a better education than the one we would have been able to have in Costa Rica. We came in the year 2000 and I was 4 years old and my sister was 1 year old.

Tell me more about your childhood and growing up in America?

I grew up in a neighborhood that my parents were unfamiliar with. No other family members moved to the United States with us therefore my childhood was very difficult because I would see just how much my parents were affected by not having family around. Every close friend became like family. It became mostly difficult in holidays when every family gathers together and we only had friends to gather up with. I learned English very well by 1st grade and so learning the language was not a problem, but I knew that for my dad and mom adapting the fast-paced culture of New Jersey would not be as easy.

How has DACA helped you?

It has helped me in all aspects because it’s been the only way I feel the most safe to be out in the streets without feeling the fear of deportation. I have been able to use my license to drive to college, internships and work.

Where did you go to school, and/or where do you work?

I went to Hillside High School and this May of 2017 I graduated with my associates degree form a community college. I cannot afford to transfer into a 4-year college and due to that I was not able to enroll in class this fall of 2017. I currently work babysitting as well as for Make the Road New Jersey, a community organization who aids immigrants with free legal assistance as well as advocates for immigrant rights.

What are your biggest hopes and fears right now?

My biggest is hope is that the Dream Act will be passed. If it is, my dream of one day being a public servant who can run for office will come true. I don’t have any fears because the worst has already happened. All of these adversities stripped me of having any fear. I only have hope and courage to keep moving forward and to fight for my community.

What are your dreams for the future?

My dreams for the future are to be able to obtain my bachelors in diplomacy and international relations, then to get my masters in either immigration law or women’s studies. Then go to law school and run for office and be a role model for other young Latina girls who want a seat at the table.

What is your message to other Americans, members of Congress, and the President?

My message to other Americans is that we have made America our home not by taking from it but by building with it and dreaming in this beautiful nation that became part of all of the dreamers identities. To the members of congress, the time to take action is now. It is now that we need the support and aid of leaders to make effective policy that can cover people who are so deserving of a path to citizenship and who deserve hope in the dreams that so many have invested so much in. To the president, all the responsibility is in your hands. What happens with all of our lives, with our parents, our siblings rests on you. We have become rightful citizens of this beautiful nation we now call our home, our parents have two homes now and have had to become accustomed after making the decision to come here but they have contributed and are arduous and dedicated workers. We need to feel that the America we grew to call home has our back.