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Rockland ‘dreamer’ says he will not be defeated by end to DACAPosted: Updated:
A Rockland County “dreamer” says he will not be silenced or defeated by the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
“Edwardo,” the 28-year-old who did not want his face shown on camera, was brought to the United States from Mexico by his undocumented parents when he was 7 years old.
He says he largely lived in the shadows until 2012 when President Obama issued the DACA executive order that gave protection to young undocumented immigrants.
He says it freed him to stay in school, get a job, a car and even get married.
Edwardo says the hardest part about having DACA phased out is its impact on his friends and family, but he remains optimistic that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
“If you know someone, give them a hug. See how they're doing,” he says. “Make sure they stay positive and that things are going to change for the better. We just have to wait for it.”