Faces of Dreamers: Gloria Martin, Veronica Galles, and Berenice Zuñiga, College of Southern Nevada

October 2, 2019

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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 in September 2017 to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA.

Gloria Martin, a freshman at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), worries what will happen if she is unable to renew her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Veronica Galles, president of CSN’s Generation Dreamers student support club, said that, “One struggle that I faced growing up is always hiding who I was.”

And Berenice Zuñiga, who arrived in the U.S. at two years old and is now studying communications in her last year at CSN, says her family pushed her to pursue the education and career she wanted, even though she feared her citizenship status would prevent her from achieving her goals.

The three CSN students recently participated in, “Day Dreaming: The Untold Stories of DACA Students,” an event hosted by College of Southern Nevada Student Life office and the student group Generation Dreamers, reports The Nevada Independent.

The story notes that, since the Trump administration announced in 2017 that it was ending DACA, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) said it would continue to provide Dreamers access to college and support them. That includes joining an amicus brief supporting University of California regents who are suing the Department of Homeland Security over its cancellation of the program, arguing that DACA students enrich college campuses and ending the program would adversely affect schools around the country.

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