My life before DACA

I remember life before DACA.

I remember the fear, when, in my senior year of high school, my government class was required to apply to community college. I was so worried people would find out that I was undocumented.

I remember the frustration, when, despite having the chance to go to college anywhere in my home state of Texas and graduating from UT-San Antonio, I couldn’t yet pursue my dream of teaching. Instead, I volunteered at reading initiatives, and through communities in school programs — anything to be in and around a classroom.

And, I remember the unbridled joy when President Obama signed DACA. I was able to finish grad school, and today, I am proud to be going into my fourth year of teaching three and four-year-olds who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The fear, anxiety, and stress I felt all those years is something no one should have to go through. It will take all of us to ensure that the opportunities and futures of the 800,000 Dreamers who live, study and work in America can continue. That is why I am asking you to show your support today.

Send a postcard to your members of Congress urging them to pass the Dream Act. Just enter your name, and share your reason for supporting Dreamers. It takes less than two minutes, but can make a huge difference.

Thank you. Together, we can stand up for all Dreamers, and make sure each and every one is able to live his or her best future.

Karen Reyes
Special Education Teacher
Austin, Texas
NEA Member

Author: Nancy Sasso Janis

Nancy Sasso Janis currently is a first grade teacher at Andrew Avenue Elementary School. She has been teaching first grade and kindergarten in the district for thirty years.