Margarita Salas-Crespo came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant at the age of ten. Despite language barriers and without access to U.S. citizenship, she excelled in every way. Living as an undocumented migrant through much of her childhood, she later qualified for DACA and was able to pursue an education and career working in and with Latino/a communities. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college. Salas-Crespo reflects on her migration to the United States, the challenges she faced as a young undocumented migrant, and the process through which she qualified for DACA. She examines the ways she has been excluded from the nation, but also considers the unique opportunities she and other migrant youth have had—and the critical perspectives they can provide—precisely because of their experience of living in the United States without government authorization. From this vantage point, Salas-Crespo speculates about what the future may hold for her and other young people living in the United States who face increased challenges after losing their DACA status.
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