After Obama’s seismic announcement that qualifying undocumented young people will allowed to remain in the country and will be eligible for work permits, pundits across the country have spoken about the impact of the new policy.
Amid the commentary, it’s easy to lose track of the people who made this policy change possible: the Dreamers. For more than a decade now, undocumented students and young people across the country have been risking deportation to raise awareness about life in the shadows, to let people know what it’s like to graduate high school and have no way to attend college, get a job or drive a car. The vast majority of these young people consider the United States their home, but until now, they’ve had to live under the constant threat of deportation.
Over the past six months, we’ve featured several courageous young people on our website, none more so than Wendolyne Sabrozo and Joaquin Villalobos. Both are undocumented students living in Nassau County and would qualify for the deportation relief spelled out in the new Obama administration policy. Since they came out as undocumented to the board of trustees at Nassau Community College in February, they’ve been advocating for policies like the aforementioned DREAM Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who attend college or serve in the military.
This afternoon, I reached out to Wendolyne and Joaquin to hear their reaction to the news. Watch it here: