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er’s in­sur­ance — but when one spouse is not out, some of that proof can be hard to come by to present to im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties.

“I’m re­ally scared, ac­tu­ally,” Mileidi said. “We don’t know if this is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent be­cause we’re gay.”

Mileidi first came to the US from Mex­ico at age 3 with her mother and older sis­ter. Her fa­ther, brother and el­dest sis­ter were al­ready here. At age 7, she re­turned to Mex­ico to help care for her grand­mother, and within the year, her mother passed away. Her fa­ther de­cided to take her back to the US. That bor­der cross­ing she re­mem­bers — walk­ing in the cold desert nights; some­times trav­el­ing by car, hunched on the floor­board un­til her legs fell asleep; hid­ing out in Un­der­ground Rail­road-style stops for im­mi­grants.

At 13, her el­dest sis­ter and her hus­band, cit­i­zens by this time, be­came Mileidi’s le­gal guardians, re­quir­ing her to move from her largely un­doc­u­mented com­mu­nity off Bu­ford High­way to the “not nec­es­sar­ily un­doc­u­mented-friendly” Gwin­nett County.

“I re­mem­ber fill­ing out tests, like those stan­dard­ized tests where they ask for your so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber and just feel­ing hor­ri­fied and won­der­ing if any­body could see that I wasn’t fill­ing it in. I felt very judged,” she said. “Any time any­body asked a ques­tion about a so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber I could just feel my­self just like, get­ting red and want­ing to dis­ap­pear.”

The pol­i­tics of Dream­ing

Car­rie John­son, jus­tice cor­re­spon­dent for NPR, re­ported that as of Sept. 6, the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity was not ac­cept­ing new ap­pli­ca­tions.

In Congress, the DREAM Act — House Res­o­lu­tion 3440 and Se­nate Bill 1615 — was in­tro­duced in July to au­tho­rize the gov­ern­ment to stop de­port­ing Dream­ers, ac­cord­ing to HRC. As of press time, the DREAM Act, spon­sored by Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-South Carolina) re­mained in the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on the Ju­di­ciary.

The act seeks to “au­tho­rize the can­cel­la­tion of re­moval and ad­just­ment of sta­tus of cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als who are long-term United States res­i­dents and who en­tered the United States as chil­dren.”

Mileidi said Congress will pass the bill be­cause it’s in their best in­ter­est.

“You have to be some kind of hate­ful hu­man be­ing to see the amount of money that, just for the DACA re­cip­i­ents — I think the fig­ure is $460 bil­lion — that gets put into the US econ­omy,” she said. “You have to be fool­ing your­self and ev­ery­body else if you con­tinue to say that we’re not con­tribut­ing to the econ­omy, and they know that they’re ly­ing.”

She said even the pres­i­dent ac­knowl­edged that DACA re­cip­i­ents pay taxes and pay into so­cial se­cu­rity, help­ing bump up the pro­gram even though they will likely never see a penny of it.

“We’re not gonna stop fight­ing un­til we get the ba­sic hu­man rights that we de­serve. You can pass it now and make this easi- er on your­self and ev­ery­body else around you, or you re­ally are go­ing to get the fight of your life,” Mileidi said. “Once you get even a lit­tle taste of what it’s like to be a hu­man be­ing, you’re not get­ting pushed back. I’m sorry, but I’m not go­ing to go back to just sur­viv­ing. I’m go­ing to ex­ist. It’s my right to.”

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