UndocuTraveling to Mexico After DACA and Advance Parole

My Advance Parole documents were approved a week before September 5th, 2017. I was granted Multiple Entries for Humanitarian reasons for a year. On September 5th, DACA was rescinded by Trump, and he gave Congress until March 2018 for some sort of legislation regarding our faith. With the termination of DACA, he also terminated Advance Parole. 

In 2015, I traveled with AP for Education reasons and I went to Italy, France, and Germany, this time I am going to Mexico for two weeks to see my brother, father and mother. 

On April 2017 my younger brother Voluntary Departure the United States after being five months in Adelanto Detention Center. My mother left on June 2017, and my father followed her two weeks after she left, I am the last remaining member of my entire family in the United States. 

Despite the shaky future of DACA recipients, and regardless if Advance Parole is no longer an option for DACA beneficiaries, I am using my valid documents to travel and see my family.  Under this administration we don’t know how CBP will react, although my DACA has not expired, yet, and I still have a valid AP, it is not guarantee that an officer will not complicate matters. Certainly, under this administration, there is a far greater risk than before. Yet, I am willing to take that risk for my family. 

I will be leaving on December 16th, 2017 and will return to the country on January 1st. I plan to document my reunion with my family, our struggle in the United States and their return to theirs.  Life in Mexico is not easy for returnees and deportees, they cannot get a job, or have the resources to join their society. There is a rumor, that if you are young, educated and know the English language proficiently, that you will have more opportunities in Mexico. In my family’s experience, that is a lie. Perhaps it varies from state and person, but it should be universal.  It just shows the lack of effort of our home country to welcome and help their own people.  Reminds me of the saying “ni de aqui ni de alla” (not from here or there).  My parents have told me story of discrimination in Mexico, not because of skin color, but because they returned from the United States. 

Thus, I will record and document my experience in hopes that people from the United States and Mexico realize what their behavior is doing to real human beings, whether there are their country folk or not. Let the tragedy of my family, be of some use, and spread awareness, and and impact to help other members of the community that still have a chance in the U.S and those that return in the future, don’t have to experience the difficulties my family went through. 

Until next time. 

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