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Dreamer returns from SOTU emboldened to continue fight for DACA

Hugo Mazariego shares his story to show others what immigrants are capable of


NANUET — Many Dreamers made the trip to Washington, D. C. hear what President Trump had to say on immigration, and some are concerned about how they were represented during the State of the Union address.

Hugo Mazariego is a DACA recipient who was invited to the SOTU by Congresswoman Nita Lowey felt that Trump made immigrants synonymous with gang violence.

"He made us look like MS-13 was what we had to show for. It's not true. It's like judging one race for one black person. It's like judging all of the Hispanic community because there is a gang. There are gangs everywhere," Mazariego said.

Mazariego came to the United States with a tourist visa his uncle got for him when he was 14-years-old, leaving the streets of El Salvador for a better life. He was here illegally until 2012 when former President Barack Obama allowed people who entered the U.S. as children and remained here to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action and work permit. Before Trump rescinded DACA, he never imagined that his status could possibly be taken away from him. Now, Trump is hanging the fate of millions of dreamers over a deal that would fund his wall along the Mexican border.

Although Trump didn't recognize the Dreamers who were in attendance, Mazariego felt like his mission at last week's State of the Union was accomplished.

"I got to share my story, bring my word. I got to meet other amazing people with Dreamers, so, I know I have more hunger to fight for them and everyone else that was there as well," Mazariego said.

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