This is my home

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This is my home

The parents of Katia Ortiz brought her to the United States when she was three years old, without authorization to enter the country.
It’s not until she reached high school that she began to understand the impact that status would have on her life.“I couldn’t go to college nor work,” she said.

That all changed when President Obama signed an executive order in 2012 to offer young immigrants like herself a permit to live legally in the U.S., two years at a time. She applied for and received the permit in the program, Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA” for short.

“I could study, work, get a driver’s license,” said Ortiz, all of the things my friends could do without thinking twice about it.”
Ortiz, now 25 years old, encouraged others who received a DACA permit to keep studying and working, advancing as far as they could, despite President Trump’s order ending the program in March 5, 2018.

“You have to fight for what you believe in,” she said. “I love this country. I support it with my work, with my taxes, every single day,” the “Dreamer” said.

“Sure, I’m scared. But I’m going to keep fighting to be able to continue my life. This is my home.”