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The following is an interview with an undocumented Korean immigrant who has applied for DACA. Continue reading for a personal point of view on DACA.
Q1) How has your life as an undocumented immigrant living in America been like? What kinds of challenges did you face in everyday life?
A1) My life was pretty much normal until the end of high school. It was near my senior year of high school when I began to notice the differences and difficulties that I was about to endure as an undocumented immigrant. First, it was very difficult to live without a driver’s license because I was unable to identify myself and to travel to places. I made the choice to drive without a license to go to work and school, and as a result I was punished twice for driving without a license. I don’t believe my choice was a foolish one, because I needed to work to pay for my tuition and living expenses for my family and I. Secondly, my illegal status combined with our low family income limited my choices for college. Thankfully, I was able to apply for AB540 waiver (financial aid for undocumented students) and reduce my tuition, especially since I wasn’t qualified for any public scholarships. Fortunately, I was able to obtain a job in an insurance agency through a friend’s network, and have been working there ever since. I struggled throughout college, but I was able to graduate within 4 years without any loans or debts. I sacrificed my social life in college so that I could work and pay for my school and family expenses.