Thanks to President Obama, My American Dream Won't Become a Nightmare

This is my family's American Dream story. I am a divorced, single mother, and an undocumented immigrant. I have resided in the United States for almost 30 years.

We came from Pakistan, a country known for its government abuse, torture, and violence against women. My father, a customs agent, and my mother, an elementary school teacher, knew that the future of their two daughters in Pakistan held limited opportunities. So when I was 3 years old, my parents gave up everything and moved to the U.S. in search of a better life for their children.

We first arrived in California, but I grew up in Florida. While many of my friends went on vacations with their families, shopping trips with their mothers, and sports events with their fathers, I grew up seeing my parents work seven days a week to make ends meet. Yet, my siblings and I understood that these were necessary sacrifices for our new life as immigrants. However, I never once thought of myself as undocumented.

It was not until I was 16 years old and decided to obtain a driver's license that I first encountered my undocumented status. I did not understand why I was unable to obtain a license and live a normal life like my friends. However, once I came to the realization of my true status, or lack thereof, I took action. I enrolled at Broward College when I was 17 through the dual enrollment program – which allows eligible high school students to simultaneously attend college part-time – and continued to work two jobs. I applied for various scholarships and even obtained a Tax Identification Number so that I could work and help support my family. Similarly, my brother earned his bachelor's degree at Broward, and my sister completed a certificate program from the University of Miami, both paying for their tuition themselves. They are now both married to U.S. citizens and are current lawful permanent residents.

However, in early 2012, my life changed immeasurably: I became a mother. My daughter was born with a cleft palate inside of her throat, which affects her hearing. She's had hearing tubes placed with a minor outpatient surgery and is scheduled to undergo another surgery within the next couple of months. Monday through Friday, I would wake up at 4 a.m. to take my daughter on a two-hour bus ride to her day care, commute to work, and then get home at 8 p.m. I constantly worried about my ability to support my daughter and my lack of a stable mode of transportation. Would I be able to find and afford the kind of medical care my daughter needed? If my undocumented status became known, would I be deported and separated from my daughter?

The president's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) gave my daughter a second chance at life. I was at the surgeon's office for a pre-operation appointment for my daughter, who was 6 months old at the time, when President Obama made the announcement in 2012 about the new program. I cried in the exam room when I got the call from an attorney I knew. To know that I would finally be able to provide a better life for my daughter was an immense relief. In my home country, doctors do not visit or conduct surgeries unless the full payment has first been made, no matter how deadly the case. I know that I would not have been able to find the kind of medical care that my daughter needs.

When the president announced the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability Program (DAPA) in November 2014, I felt like I would no longer have to be scared of my own shadow. The thought that, even though temporary, I could spend a few years not worrying about losing my daughter or being deported was an exciting moment.

My mother also qualifies for the DAPA program. I currently hold a work permit through DACA, but I too qualify for DAPA because of my daughter. I am grateful that my mother and I can qualify for relief after all the struggles we faced throughout the years.

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Anonymous

The ACLU is no different from any other bunch of lawyers. It likes making headlines, though it has a greater air of pretentiousness and takes on issues individually in a vacuum, similar to liberals, such that a solution may emerge but it won't even approach pragmatic since all other solutions are equally based on the premise that life can be fair if we all love each other and form a human chain that stretches from here to the Bermuda Triangle or wherever it is that Obama's near-decade long urination on our Constitution won't cause anyone to: lose his job, lose his family, lose his savings, lose his house, and finally, using the only control he has left, lose (more accurately, take) his life. Obama has stolen 2.4 billion years of human life (US pop x 8 year sentence). In 8 years, he has accomplished nothing legitimately. Voters are not to blame for this since it is not reasonably foreseeable that Obama - either before or after he was kicked out of the Clinton Communication To Calm a Nation course (AKA "How to Look a Person in the Eyes, Lie, and Get a Hug and Another Vote") - would turn into Jeckyl, Hyde, Frankenstein's Monster, and Cybil, though anyone who does not outsource thoughts to the nearest celebrity or store the only proof of his existence on Twitter (the network of followers that elected a president and got a resident now 7 years behind on rent - it turns out that president is an actual job, a responsibility, and it is deliberately defined narrowly in Article II of the Constitution, which is roughly 1000 words, or a 5 minute read, if one takes a 3 minute break after finishing - and the reason why? You'll love this - because, with the role of Congress defined in a similarly narrow manner, it was thought that this country should not ever be subject to the tyranny of a King or, in the case of today, the bologna of a Jester).

FYI: This would be an EXCELLENT time to stop raining indiscriminate praise and limitless resources on our intrepid young people who might accidentally grow up if they live to 120, but so far have absolutely zero skills, common sense, creativity, or anything but derivative iterations of the Steve Jobs "people are stupid; offer them easy, and they'll subscribe for life" business model, which was perpetrated on them during their now extended childhoods. Twitter elected the Obamadon. Twitter is a community of FOLLOWERS. People need to wake up and READ because I bet not ONE of you noticed (the media sure didn't, but they don't make money off of facts, they profit from agitating the public - sounds unAmerican to me, but most people already have to buy their opinions, so I guess they just need to pick the channel that makes them feel right) that our esteemed steaming pile set this country back 4 milennia (my goodness, it wasn't even a country back then) to around the time of the first codified law. Before that, laws were made up on the spot, and the same spot was usually where the convenient law resulted in an execution. TODAY, we have people who ALREADY PAY to be READ TO (it's not the same as reading, and yes it does make you a ridiculous person). There should be no library for Barack Bottom, unless its a busted flash drive with nothing on it. Oh, and if anyone values this country and its constitution (and would like to avoid the far worse travesty that would unfold if someone were elected who could, on his own, DRESS HIMSELF, lie like Clinton (you know, the lies that warm the hearts of the thoughtless because the words mean nothing next to the personal eye-contact and the thumbs up and the "I feel your pain"), and manage to act like a grownup (making Congress appear like the slow boat), everything that Bamallama decreed as Head Smurf of Dingledong - no matter how convenient it is to you or how much you were brainwashed by this sociopath or how strange it is that the Democratic party leadership has never formally expelled or terminated the membership of BarakaFraud - Harry Reid should clean up his face and at least deny any responsibility before admitting that he really doesn't care how this country gets screwed as long as it gets screwed to his music. By the Sunday talk shows, he should have another black eye. But the worst to come will be the young changelings elected recently - having never experienced or overcome a challenge personally, they require their environment to change (another tip of the hat to Steve Jobs for selling so much easy, an entire generation is now addicted to it - that's not innovation, invention or anything other than sinking to a lower level than others are willing to and taking advantage of the young and spineless through manipulative and pathetic turtleneck magic shows and a superiority complex that likely drove away the other Steve - Mr. W - since the actual innovator with the passion and the inspiration and, more importantly, all the work, can last for a while, but eventually the money man makes the work of the "I want people to see what these things can do" man (inventor of the mouse and anything resembling a user-considered GUI) seem cheap - I don't know if this is what happened, but I know how tragic it is when that fire is put out by a greedy con-artist. Anyway, there's a point in there somewhere. Find it or don't.

Anonymous

Wow. The best thing I can say about this country is that it's mine! My family came here years ago and fought to keep he land that gave us plenty. I find it sad that undocumented immigrants here in the USA have soo much to say and always try to exercise rights here. Don you think it would be better if you wasted your energy on making your homeland better.? I spent 3 years in Germany and I never disrespected that place because I was American I knew my place. I'm so tired of trying to feel for the illegal image ant who can come here and get more help than I get and then try to change our way of thinking. I'm so done with being politically correct. I'm in California and I can't land a decent job... Guess why?? That's right. I don't fit the script. Hahahaha.... I have a boss now who is here illegally! What the fuck is that about ? Obama is not an American black man! His wife is.. Poor thing! I'm a single mom and I huse everyday and watch all the illegals get the jobs I should get first! I'm from here I earned it! How dare anyone say that it's ever discrimination! This country forgot it purpose that's for sure. Don't talk shit about my president if you are undocumented!! I'm a is citizen I can cause I vote so I can complain. Get off google, your high horse and ask yourself this.... What kind of an American citizen would you be and what was the last thing you did for your fellow man and or community??undocumented is not a handicap. You chose this route. You say this as if your so proud! Your not a minor army you take advantage of this cause you can. Why do you think you don't have to be papered? This country is soo fucked up we are so worried about Isis but we can't even stop our own crime! Who are we to take on the world the last time I remembered I was a us citizen and had a right to vote on things! Now all you illegals come and go as you please and never on e would donate a god dam dime to the homeless man on the street. No lic. No consequence right? Blah blah blah...

Anonymous

To the Osama commenter, well. Our forces here are much more than one president. What you fail to realize is that we have a personal war going on with the Middle East and the government won't share how it all started. We did something to piss someone off. They retaliated. Point blank!

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