I am a mother. I am a fighter – a justice person I want to live in a better world with a better future. That’s why I try to do the best that I can… For me, for my daughter, and for everyone. I am originally from Uruguay but came here twenty years ago to create a better life for my daughter.
For twenty years, this has been my country; I’ve built my life, my business and paid taxes. Forget it if I have documentation are not – this is my home, this is my daughter’s home. And I feel bad for this country in this state of division - so much hate and bad leadership.
A big concern is what will happen to me and my daughter if I am deported. In March, we created a plan for her safety that we’ve never had to have before.
One day a friend saw me crying. So I told him about my status. He said, “My house is your house. We are going to build a headquarters in here to save you. If ICE takes you, we are going to help you with money, with everything. And your daughter can come here.” Everyone wants to help and protect us. So where did the hate come from? It’s crazy.
I don’t leave the house without praying. It’s hard but God is there. And God knows.
We have to educate everybody. And people need to be involved - they need to vote! That’s the future that I would create - one in which everyone was involved.
ON WORKING FOR CHANGE
We were working last year here in the community for driver’s licenses for undocumented people. It was a success but got stuck on someone’s desk. So now we have to start all over again. I worked to get people out to vote – canvassing.
I am part of the DREAMers mom’s organization. I’ve been to DC, and walked one hundred miles with the hundred women. I have a group on twitter – I tweet and they retweet. And then we use the same method for getting people out to vote.