Since September 5th, 2017, 800,000 people in the United States have started to live in fear. Fear of being split apart from their families. Fear of being forced by their adopted country to return to their country of origin.
These 800,000 people are DACA recipients and they live among us, even on our own campus. Two students, in particular, have decided to fight for a Clean Dream Act and extinguish this fear by uniting forces with United We Dream, a non-profit dedicated to empowering and helping immigrants from all backgrounds. Karen Lopez, an International Affairs major is from a small suburb named Pico Rivera, California where a largely Latino community lives. Ivana Mowry-Mora, a Geography major has had many experiences in her hometown of Cincinnati Ohio with immigrant youth and women.
Lopez explains her passion for devoting her time to help coordinate: “This is the time to take action and empower our community. This issue hits close to home as I hail from California where much of the DACA community resides in.” Lopez was the Director of Communications for the GW Walk Out in Solidarity with Dreamers. GW was one of the many schools across the nation that walked out in solidarity on November 9th, 2017. This walkout was sponsored by United We Dream and led by the two students who actively work with them.
Mowry-Mora’s opinion on joining forces with UWD: “I think this is the best thing I have experienced here at GW. This community is actively and genuinely fighting for their families and not only their little communities but all people affected by this horrible immigration system/white supremacist agenda. I have never been in such a place filled with such love and I have made an extended family through participating with UWD.”
Throughout this interview, both urged to see more allies and students out at events and rallies. Wonder how you can help? Mowry-Mora believes that “this is as simple as showing up once” which Lopez agreed, adding on that “solidarity is important.”
To get more information on how you can help, visit UWD’s social media.
- Article By: Evelyn Arredondo Ramírez