As the conversation around immigration, Dreamers, ICE raids and the repeal of DACA continue to swirl in all corners of the internet, #OriginalDreamers has emerged to remind us of why everyday people cross deserts, oceans, miles of jungles, and risk death in search of a better life in the United States. The media tends to portray the parents of Dreamers and DACA recipients as irresponsible criminals who came here to steal from the U.S., however the hashtag popping up across social media, #OriginalDreamers, humanizes the conversation by showing how many people have had a fighting chance because their family members sacrificed themselves for the next generation. Here are a few of the most heart-wrenching and thought-provoking responses by the children who honor their parent’s struggle and sacrifice.
The Original Dreamers 🌟my dad came from Michoacan Mexico since he was 16 years old and for several years he would come to the U.S to work and help provide for his 11 siblings. My mother came 30yrs ago when she married my dad. Both left Mexico with only the clothes on their backs, jumping fences, hiding in trucks, running away from la migra. All to chase ese sueño Americano. Day to day they continue to invest in that Dream, with the sweat of their backs, and the tears of their eyes my siblings and I were able to chase our own dreams. Thank you mom and dad #originaldreamers #dreamers #productofimmigrants #brownandproud
Crossing the border is often a traumatic experience, but we seldom hear about how traumatic living in constant fear of being arrested or separated from your family is.