My name is Mari Velasco. I was born in Calvillo, Aguascalientes México. I was only a year old when my parents and I moved to the United States. My parents knew that moving to the U.S was the only way they we could live a better life. I have been very fortunate to be able to go to school here and it’s unbelievable to think that I am a few weeks into my first year of college. I am very passionate about immigrant justice and as a “Dreamer” I know how it feels to live in the shadows. I am honored to say that I graduated as class valedictorian, and the day our graduation, I utilized my speech to not only express gratitude to my family and teachers for but also to reveal my status. I was terrified to say the least. Yet, I had never felt so empowered in my life. I spent my whole life frightened to share my statues with anyone and I managed to do it in front of one of the most intimidating group of people. I want to share my story with people from all walks of life but most importantly to my fellow dreamers. We were made for this and we will succeed.