For Bartosz Kumor, having white skin helped make for an easier tranistion to the U. He moved from Poland in 1994 with his grandmother when he was 10. Joe and Nintendo quickly became staples of his childhood. He said he can barely fathom what it would mean to lose legal status in the U. They were reuniting with other family members already living here. "I have built a life here, but there are also aspects of my experience that make it apparent that I’m a stranger here," Sati says.
Recipients are able to apply for a renewal after two years. Choi didn't know English and struggled to grasp American culture. But, in my heart of hearts I feel that I belong [in America], with my friends, with my family, with the life I’ve built around me." Choi works for 18 Million Rising, an organization that focuses on empowering Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
"The only way to get me out of this country is to deport me -- I’m not going to self-deport.
As cruel as this administration and country have been to [Dreamers], this is our home," she said."Dreamers" refers to undocumented immigrants brought to the U. as children, but not all Dreamers are current DACA recipients.
She already spoke English and Chicago was a diverse place where immigrants were generally pretty welcome.
Because of her pale skin, most people never considered the possibility of her being undocumented.
Her mother wanted to reunite with family already living in the U. They settled in Chicago, where Labno still lives today.