Faces of Dreamers: Jorge Reyes Salinas, California State University Student Trustee

November 27, 2017

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This is one 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 Jorge Reyes Salinas was 10, his parents cobbled together enough money to leave Peru to start a new life in Los Angeles. They wanted a better future for their only son, who thought he was going to Disneyland.

Today, Reyes Salinas is a DACA recipient attending California State University, Northridge, and is the student appointee to the Cal State Board of Trustees. He recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times about DACA and other issues.

Asked about the uncertainties and pressures of being a Dreamer, he said that, “I can’t speak for every student, but I know it’s that pressure of proving that I’m worth that investment. Ever since I really understood my undocumented status, I’ve always been in fear for myself, for my family, for others like me.”

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