A DACA Recipient in Jersey City

September 12, 2017

Growing in Jersey City, along with other local blogs, received the following email from a DACA recipient the day after Donald Trump announced he was ending DACA. The first is explaining why they are contacting GJC. The second is a letter to Mayor Fulop, who responded to them and wants them to be an advocate with the city. 

 

The woman who wrote this letter is looking for help and guidance to put on a rally, but more importantly have something like a clinic with information that people who are DACA recipients may need. The deadline is October 5th and people need help. These people may be in the shadows and do not know who they can trust or how to accomplish what needs to be done. 

 

Jersey City is a sanctuary city.

We stood together at City Hall while the City Council approved the executive order to become a sanctuary city.

We rallied to show that Muslims are our family and we will not allow travel bans because of someone's country of origin.

We joined together to learn about the stories of our local Trans family. 

We had multiple vigils to show love in the face of hate and neo-nazis in Charlottesville. 

 

Now is our chance to actually help the people we created the sanctuary for. If we are determined to brush them off than we are no better than the rest.

If you or anyone you know is willing to help this person please reach out to us at info@growinginjerseycity.com and we will connect you. 

Good morning,

Im not sure who would be the contact person. My good friend recommended I reach out to you regarding an issue that needs community awareness.

 

The is issue is the ending of the program DACA. DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals., where 800,000 young adults, students, business owners, etc could be deported back to their country of origin. Many of them have not seen their native country for years.

 

I sent this email to Mayor Fulop this morning seeking help.

This was my email to him:

"Good evening Mr. Fulop.

 

I have been a Jersey City resident for about 20+ years. I am 27 years old. I am an HCCC alumni with the dream to pursue my culinary career. I am also a mother of two boys ages 8 and 4, both were born here and US Citizens, who need their mother by their side to guide them in the right path. 

 

I am also a business partner of an LED lighting distributor company. Like many others, have found the necessary means to provide for their family. 

 

I was born in Mexico and was brought to the U.S. at 6 months. I left and came back at the age of 3. Since then I had never seen my family or my native country till January of 2017. Due to the painful passing of a family member, I am a DACA recipient. If it wasn't for DACA, I wouldn't have been able to see my family in a moment of need and despair. And if it wasn't for DACA, I couldn't work or even go to school without the fear of never making it back home. 

 

The same fear that i face now with President Trump ending the program. You have declared Jersey City to be a sanctuary city.  And with that being said, where is your support for us DACA recipients? New York City Mayor and Chicago Mayor have made statements in support of their DACA recipients in their cities. Where do we stand here in Jersey City? I have always feared to speak out in order to keep safe; to not be a target of hate and racism just because iI am considered an "illegal alien". But like other movements that you have supported, I no longer want to hide. I want to live with a peace of mind. And you with the political power. Please help us. 

 

Thank you Mr. Fulop,

I would be more than grateful for your support."

 

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