I am someone who fights for her family - who believes that our lives are based on our decisions and have made mine intentionally to care for the people I love. I was born in Costa Rica, and though I miss being close to my family, our decision to stay here is for our boys who are doing so well in school - we cannot leave and cut their wings or truncate their future.
Given today’s environment, we know that our family has to be prepared for the worst - when immigrants are being arrested without cause. We have to be ready to defend our case or to put our dreams behind us and return to Costa Rica.
My real hope is that everything we’ve fought for since 2010 - immigration reform, DAPA, drivers licenses - remains and gets stronger. Because even driving is a risk for me right now, but is a necessity with children.
We work with the community and we have given much to this country… we have paid taxes for many years. We have fought and sacrificed too much for our family and community to be ashamed of our status.
In all reality it is my hope and faith in God - knowing that His joy is to keep families together - that continues to give me the light of hope. There is always going to be a road to follow and we have to continue to fight for it. That is why we have kept working and, through every disappointment, we continue. Because this life is for fighters and we must be persistent.
I persist both for my benefit and for that of others because there is strength in numbers. And there are many good families like mine - that have many dreams. Together, we hope that one day a door or a window will open to be able to continue with our dreams.
Really, it is faith that resists and supports everything. It is faith that keeps me alive when the despair and fear set in every time an opportunity for immigration reform is closed. Faith is what moves our hearts and our thoughts - our dreams and our future. Because we believe that through our prayer, our hope, our faith, that the things we fight for will be possible - a door, or a window or a small hole will open to our benefit.
Every prayer, every march, every phone call working for change is planting my seed of hope. And one day this seed will grow immensely.
The future I work for is one of opportunity for my boys, a pathway to citizenship, drivers licenses, and an end of the fear for my family. I would be able to travel to see my parents as they’re getting older. And my husband could grow his business, and help so many more people.