Alma poses with her family at her house in Los Angeles on June 27, 2020. Alma is a Health Worker linkage to Care Coordinator in LA county. She has worked through out the pandemic providing health services to the community. As an essential worker she is exposed to Covid-19 and fears she will bring it home to her family. She is grateful for DACA and yet is tires that her future is alway on limbo.
Alma R., 37 year old, came to the USA when she was 6 years old. She hadn't seen her parents in two years and that helped her get through her journey up north. She didn't understand why she has to hide in the bushes, run and hide in different cars, she thought once she saw her parents everything was going to be ok. During her senior year in high school, a councilor asked for her Social Security number so she could apply for college. She went back home and her mom told her she didn't have one and she realized then she was undocumented. She went back to the counselor and told him what her mom had said, he then told her unfortunaley she wasn't going to be able to go to college like her classmates and that she was better off working with her mom at a sweat shop. This hurt her, she felt it was so unfair after all her efforts in getting good grades. Fortunately, another college counselor came to their schools and told her she had options. This experience made her become aware and advocate for the immigrant community. She mobilized in college campuses and she co-founded "Dreams to be Heard" at CSUN which helped her learn about her rights regardless of status and to remain strong for her family and advocate for her and others in the same situation. She believes DACA passed because of the organized efforts of students. To her DACA has always been bitter sweet because a lot of her friends who organized to make it pass didn't qualify for the program. It also doesn't protect her parents. She is currently a member of the Transnational Feminist Organization (AFIRM). She is thankful to DACA but knows immigrants who work hard everyday deserve better, a program that is more inclusive and that will not determine who is the good or bad immigrant or who has the right to exist.