Gaby Carmona - Define American

Gaby Carmona

Kansas City, MO

I was brought to the U.S at a young age, to seek medical treatment due to my congenital limb difference. My parents were able to access services for myself and after a few years my parents decided to over stay their visas. After that I went to school here in the U.S, assimilated to this country. Applying for colleges was very difficult, until I found an institution who offered me in state tuition and partial scholarship. In 2012 I was able to applied for DACA, I was then granted the status in November of 2012. With DACA I was able to obtained a Drivers License and Work Authorization Card. I now work as Client Advocate at a Domestic Violence Shelter, my work has empower me with a sense of belonging, and purpose in life. I am also the mother of 5 beautiful thriving children, excelling in academics, extracurricular activities and sports.

Today, I refused to let a document define who I am, I am 1 of 800,00 young immigrants ingrained into the fabrics of this society contributing my love, passion and drive to serve my community, I will determine the out come of life. Politics will NOT profit with our stories, families. Today, I stand firmed with my undocumented immigrant community, relating a message of courage and determination .

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