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PoliticsIamA DACA recipient who was taken to the US at 4 months old and I recently self deported AMA!

Sep 6th 2017 by DreamerAlways • 12 Questions • 58 Points

Hello Everyone! I'm a 25 year old DACA recipient who self deported back in February. I moved to the US at 4 months old,lived there for 4 years and then moved back to Venezuela. After Chavez got elected in 1998 life in Venezuela became really difficult and my family decided to move back to the US. I'm here to answer any questions about DACA and my journey to my new home in Europe.

My Proof: https://imgur.com/9iYT6Mf

Q:

What made you choose to self-deport?

A:

Honestly, I decided to leave because I wanted to take control of my life. I explored every possible venue to change my status but nothing worked. My family was able to get permanent residence but due to a mistake made on my application I was denied and banned from reapplying. I also qualified for a U visa but the sheriff in Sacramento refused to sign my police report. DACA was my only hope. I knew that once this new administration came in that they will try to cancel the program and I did not want to have a deportation order in my immigration record as it would make it harder to apply in other places. Also the love of my life lived in Europe and only got to see him twice a year.


Q:

Wow, I'm sorry there are laws so strict that you wer ebanned from reapplying... happy for you that you want to live in Europe though!

A:

I just didn't want to live in fear anymore. I was scared of building a life of my own and have it taken away. Living in limbo, that's what the past few years have been like.


Q:

It sucks that the process is so obstructive. I'm glad you were able to make decisions that were best for you, though!

A:

Thank you! :) I think I got very lucky and I often feel a lot of guilt for choosing to leave and not sticking around to fight. The US immigration system is absolutely insane in comparison to other countries. UK immigration was a bliss. Don't get me wrong they also investigate the crap out of the applicant but the system is more efficient and doesn't take as long (three months tops)


Q:

Will you do the paperwork to come back to the U.S. legally?

A:

Right now I don't have any plans of coming back. I just moved to England and things are going well. Maybe if things improve in the country and there's a way to come back at least to see my parents then I will try my very best to get a visa.


Q:

Are you going through the immigration process in England?

A:

Of course! I'm going through the immigration process here as well and will continue to do so. I really hated the way I was treated in America due to my immigration status (which was no fault of my own) and I would hate to have go through it again


Q:

Do you know about what gets you banned from reapplying or are you just assumptive and very patriotic?

My manager filled it out, checked the box that I was a US citizen, and I signed it. Just like that. I started college and during my second semester an opportunity to go to Europe for a semester came about and I so desperately wanted to go. I did all the paper work for the trip and secured the money and all I needed was to get a passport. I went up to my dad who was the keeper of all of out legal documents and I asked him for my documents to get a US passport. And thats when I learned the truth about my status. My life fell apart at that moment. I quickly quit my job because after a google search I found out what would happen if you lied on a I-9 form. A couple of years after that my father married an American lady and she sponsored my father,my sister and I for a green card. Against the lawyer's advice my father submitted the I-9 form that my manager had filled out but didn't explain why the mistake happened and just left it at that. After a year and half wait I got the letter of denial and it said something like,"Denial due to Falsely claiming U.S. citizenship for any purpose or benefit under the INA or any other Federal or State law will now render you a foreign national inadmissible for life. There is no immigrant waiver available."

A:

When you falsely claim to be a citizen you are then permanently barred from admission, and there's no waivers available- that's what the letter from immigration stated. I'm not particularly patriotic (it's hard to be when the country's government wants you gone!).

I'm looking into it more and there may be exceptions for visitor visas, but not for residence ones like a green card.

Does that answer the question?

(https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/Print/PolicyManual-Volume8-PartK.html)


Q:

what mistake?

A:

Someone asked me to post this as a reply as some people weren't sure I was answering their question. Sorry, mobile Reddit is hard!!

My manager filled it out, checked the box that I was a US citizen, and I signed it. Just like that. I started college and during my second semester an opportunity to go to Europe for a semester came about and I so desperately wanted to go. I did all the paper work for the trip and secured the money and all I needed was to get a passport. I went up to my dad who was the keeper of all of out legal documents and I asked him for my documents to get a US passport. And thats when I learned the truth about my status. My life fell apart at that moment. I quickly quit my job because after a google search I found out what would happen if you lied on a I-9 form. A couple of years after that my father married an American lady and she sponsored my father,my sister and I for a green card. Against the lawyer's advice my father submitted the I-9 form that my manager had filled out but didn't explain why the mistake happened and just left it at that. After a year and half wait I got the letter of denial and it said something like,"Denial due to Falsely claiming U.S. citizenship for any purpose or benefit under the INA or any other Federal or State law will now render you a foreign national inadmissible for life. There is no immigrant waiver available."


Q:

What is one thing that you will miss about America?

A:

It's hard to pick just one thing but I'll have to say its California! #valleygirl4ever #norcalisthebesttho haha The west coast is the best coast! and it was truly amazing growing up there.


Q:

I'm an American. I was born here, my parents were born here, etc etc. My opinion on immigration is simple: I stand behind the inscription on the Statue of Liberty.

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

This was a country founded by immigrants leaving their homeland to try and live a better life elsewhere. Who are we to deny others that hope? I would certainly prefer it if we made it an easier process that took months instead of decades, but I cannot blame those who came to America illegally. In their shoes, I would probably do the same.

A:

Thank you! I think what people don't understand is that people want to come in legally, they want to follow the law, they want to love, contribute, and be part of the community but it is just made so impossible. I know so many people who are being sponsored by family members and they have to wait 15 years just to get someone to look at their case,etc.


Q:

How did you self deport?

A:

I worked,saved money,secured a visa somewhere else, bought my ticket and left. That's literally it.


Q:

I know some people that have DACA and they got free college and more. Did you qualify for any of those benefits?

A:

I also know of people who got full rides to college mainly from scholarships that were only for Dream Act students.I have always been told that DACA recipients do not qualify for FAFSA aid and so I never really bothered with it. What I did was go to community college first, and since I qualified for AB540 ( a California state law that allows students who meet certain requirements to pay in-state tuition fees at any UC, CSU, or California community college.) and the BOG Waiver, I only had to pay a small portion of my tuition,books,room and board,parking,etc. Once I transferred to a 4 year university I applied for the California Dream Act and that took care of a small portion of my tuition, the rest was all me.


Q:

It sounds like you made a responsible decision and wanted to become a legal citizen regardless of where that was. I applaud your efforts to become legal after realizing that you were in America Illegally. Thank you! Plans for the future?

A:

Sounds very boring but I just want to build one of those tiny houses,adopt some doggos and travel all around Europe :)