Jewish Dreamer risks deportation to a country he barely knows - Opinion

Jewish Dreamer risks deportation to a country he barely knows

Elias Rosenfeld | Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 9:56 am

My name is Elias Rosenfeld and I am a 20-year-old student at Brandeis University in Boston, where I am studying political science and sociology with a legal studies minor. I am also a DACA recipient. I came to the United States legally, on a visa, with my mom and sister when I was 6 years old, from Caracas, Venezuela. My mother came here on an L1 visa, which enabled her and us toward a legal pathway to a green card and eventual citizenship.

Sadly, my mother never got this opportunity. In fourth grade, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer and ultimately passed away when I was in sixth grade. Her death, however, had ramifications beyond the normal emotional pain of losing a parent at such a young age. Her death meant I fell out of status, because our nation’s immigration system is broken and has no mechanism in place for when a parent, like my mom, passes away.

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