• An Nguyen

DREAMer gets arrested for speaking out on immigration

Daniela Vargas, a DREAMer, got arrested for speaking out on immigration. She arrived in the U.S with her family when she was only seven years old. Vargas, now 22, spoke out on behalf of young undocumented immigrants like herself who wants legal status.

Before she was arrested, she advocated for young people who were brought to the U.S illegally as children, then qualified for temporary reprieve from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Recipients often are called DREAMers, a reference to the DREAM Act.

If the Dream Act is approved by Congress, it would give DACA participants permanent legal status. New rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security made it clear that no undocumented immigrants will be exempted from deportation.

According to CNN.com, days after she reapplied for her DACA, her father and brother were taken into ICE custody at their home on February 15. Immigration officers did not arrest Vargas at that time. "Today, my father and brother await deportation, while I continue to fight this battle as a DREAMer to help contribute to this country, which I feel that is very much my country," Vargas stated.

Daniela, like many other immigrants, doesn’t take this country for granted. She has pursued an education, works hard, and pays her taxes. Vargas has also gotten a scholarship and aspires to be a university math teacher. According to her lawyer, “She is a very deserving individual.”