Dear Silberman Students,
Reaching out to you all is Ana Y. Aparicio Calderon and Zenith Y. Isidor and we are both undocumented DACA recipients studying at Silberman School of Social Work. We are also many more beautiful things among that, however, no matter which way we turn, we are being attacked. This isn’t news to us as we have struggled with these matters our ENTIRE lives, but with this new climate, it has become much clearer that confusion has turned into pure oppression and hate.
We are reaching out to you all with two wishes.
- If you are undocumented, whether you are a DACA recipient or not, we are here for you. Please come to us if you need anything. Our roots are strong, and la raza is always our family by blood, and by choice. This is not limited to only latinx immigrants. The tighter we hang on to each other, the stronger we become. We respect everyone’s choice to have their immigration status be “out” or not to be “out.”
- If you are a resident/citizen, please do what you can to represent us and protect us. Use your privileges to fight for us in ways we can’t. Make the right votes, take to the streets, open your mouth by amplifying and adding more power to our voices.
We have been in this country since before DACA was set into place, and this shot fired has scared us all, however, we will not budge. The US is has always been our home, even way before Columbus set sail.
We aren’t afraid to be who we are, to speak our mind, and to fight for you all. We are with you. We are you. We stand with you.
For those of you with Mexican roots, Natalia Lafourcade wrote a beautiful song to ease our worries, hopefully you will find it useful.
Please do not hesitate to contact us,
We are here for you,