Faces of Dreamers: Isabel Johnston, University of Cincinnati College of Law

October 5, 2017

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This is the latest in a series of posts on individual Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as young children, many of whom are under threat of deportation following the Trump administration’s decision last month to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA.

When University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Law School student Isabel Johnston discovered her undocumented status at age 15, she believed that effectively placed her dreams on hold, according to a profile of her in The News Record, UC’s student newspaper.

But, as the story reports, when the Obama administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy in 2012, Johnston saw a glimmer of hope.

“As soon as it happened … we put in our application,” she told the paper. “We were then able to work and drive, and I opened a bank account, and I got a social security number.”

Since then, Johnston has flourished. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in May 2017 from Transylvania University (KY), she enrolled this fall at the UC College of Law.

To read the full story, click here.

Isabel Johnston. Photo courtesy of Shae Combs, The NewsRecord.

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