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.”