This week marks a year since the presidential administrative decree that has permitted thousands of undocumented youths to obtain a reprieve from deportation and a work permit.
On June 15, 2012, the Barack Obama administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is open to undocumented immigrants 30 years of age and under who entered the country when they were minors.
DACA beneficiaries and some of their relatives gathered in Los Angeles to share their experiences about how the program has changed their lives.
Iliana Perez, who is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in education, said that DACA means being able to apply her knowledge and her professional education in the working world.
"In my family, they always taught us to look for the best and I feel very happy to have an opportunity to place my knowledge at the service of others and return to society part of what it's given me," she told Efe.
Justino Mora, who attends the University of California, Berkeley, almost six hours by highway from Los Angeles, said that getting a driver's license was an enormous benefit to him and his entire family.
"Before, it was a big problem for my family when I had to travel to or from the university. Now that I can drive, that burden has been lifted and we're all much calmer," he told Efe.
In celebrating a year since DACA came into effect, Mora said he was "very optimistic" about the future because this movement has been "headed by young students who have decided to take responsibility for making the effort to achieve change in their community." EFE