The adolescent years are a time when most teenagers just want to fit in with the rest of their peers. For many teenage immigrants who are living in the Los Angeles area without documents, the fact that they cannot participate in the same activities as some of their friends can make them feel left out and inferior. Because they do not have citizenship status, they are unable to obtain a driver’s license and obtaining work can be hard. Their future may seem bleak too since going to college is often out of the question.

This is the case for a 17-year-old immigrant who came to California from Mexico illegally with her parents when she was 1 year old. Her family later moved to Minnesota when she was four. The teenager’s parents told her that they came to the U.S. in search of a better life for her and to give her the opportunity to go to school. They want her to be able to have the things that they never had.

The girl has applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and hopes to be able to enjoy the right to live and work in the United States without constantly having to look over her shoulder. She is already preparing for college in hopes that her application will be approved.

If you are an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. as a child and would like to learn more about deferred action and how it may benefit you, you may wish to speak with animmigration attorney.

Source: Albert Lea Tribune, “Undocumented students speak out on immigration,” Trey Mewes, July 8, 2013