Last Tuesday I had coffee with a friend who is considerably younger than I. She earned her BA in Political Science from UCLA a couple of years ago. She is bright, articulate, and funny. She also has a bucket list. On that list had been horseback riding, traveling in the state, and visiting Mexico. She’s going through the list because she now has a driver license and a work permit.
No health issues; status issues. She is a Dreamer; was brought here from Mexico when she was a child and has had to live in the shadows since her graduation from UCLA. She used to take 3 hours each day via public transportation to get to work. Took her less time when she was doing her other jobs of waiting at a Mexican Restaurant and cleaning houses.
Now, thanks to DACA*, her life has changed. She is able to get around freely. She has one job and is going through her bucket list. She will be able to continue go out on small adventures, to earn more, and given who she is, to spend a bit more, too. Seems like a good change thing to me.
See you later, I’m off to the DMV.
* Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals – www.dhs.gov/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals