This site began from a cynical question posed in a private forum:

"IF DACA recipients were allowed to stay in the USA—But lost VOTING RIGHTS for life, would Democrats still want them?"

This collection of thumbnail sketches provides the answer: "why would we NOT want these people?"   Each entry took the format:  "I want this person [photo/thumbnail sketch]... even if they can never vote*."   (*Voting is not the issue.)

What requirements do DACA recipients meet?

even if she can never vote.  "She stars as an outside hitter on the Annandale volleyball team in the fall, does gymnastics in the winter and runs track in the spring. She may try lacrosse for the first time this year. She does community service with the Key Club, collecting change for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. She is president of the school’s Hispanic Leadership Club, a member of Future Business Leaders of America and entertainment editor for the school newspaper. She is a Girl Scouts ambassador, and has been a part of a troop since kindergarten.... Her parents and sisters all have temporary green cards, putting them on track for permanent residence, and now [she's] the only one with an uncertain future."
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even if he can never vote. 

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even if he can never vote.  He works at a non-profit.  He says: "Some elected officials are saying I’m not welcome here. My life is here, and I don’t know any other way of living."

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even if she can never vote 

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She is studying psychology.

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even if she can never vote.  She says she's "insanely worried."  It's hard to blame her for that. 

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even if she can never vote.  DACA has allowed her to serve in volunteer positions that require background checks.

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even if she can never vote

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even if she can never vote.  DACA has allowed her to pursue her dreams all the way to University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science graduate program.

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even if she can never vote.   She wants to go to law school after she graduates.

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She says: "I’ve worked full-time since I was 16-years-old. I found a door-to-door sales job. I worked retail. Then I got very lucky and found a job at a start-up...My roots are in Chicago. My whole life is here, my family and husband are here. We just bought a house and we depend on my income to support my family. Just to know that my job, our house, our life here could all so easily be taken away from us is terrifying"

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even if she can never vote.

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She says: "DACA has granted me the opportunity to pursue a higher education and explore all kinds of opportunities. Not only has it allowed me to become the first person in my family to graduate from college but it has also allowed me to participate in opportunities such as presenting my research at national conferences, shadowing physicians in hospitals, and also volunteering at my local community clinic. "

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even if she can never vote.  She says:  “I worked so hard for my grades.  So hard that I wouldn’t eat sometimes.”

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even if she can never vote.  She arrived in the US as a three-month-old baby.  She is not eligible for financial aid so she's putting herself through college.

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even if he can never vote.

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even if he can never vote. He says: "“DACA has changed my life. It’s allowed me to pursue my dream of continuing my education and supporting my family, with the peace of mind that I won’t be separated from the people I love the most. Losing DACA would have a dramatic impact on my life. It would prevent me from being able to take on major professional or academic goals, make me unable to work legally, and put me at risk of being deported and separated from my family."

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even if he can never vote.  Because of DACA he has been able to hold a job and work his way through college.

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even if he can never vote.  He is also a protective big brother. "Though she never finished elementary school, their mother emphasized education."

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even if she can never vote.  She's working in the area of mathematical biology, focusing on better understanding biological data and disease.

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even if he can't vote.  After graduation, he also "participates in citizenship workshops to help immigrants with legal permanent residency prepare for testing. “You don’t know how much I wish I were in your position,” he jokes with aspiring citizens he helps."

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even if she can never vote.  She was her high school's salutatorian and she wants to be a surgeon. She got a full ride to Pomona College because of her hard work and self-starting initiative. 

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even if he can never vote.

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even if he can never vote.  He says, "“Every day in school, kindergarten through the 12th grade, we put our hands on our hearts and pledged allegiance to America."

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even if he can never vote. When this photo was taken he had not left his fire station in a week--it was during the hurricane response effort, and he was in charge of logistics. He thinks in English and doesn't know what his future would hold if DACA expires.

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even if she can never vote.  I think her fiance wants her too.

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even if he can never vote. While he was out battling the Jolly fire, he heard about President Trump's decision to rescind DACA. He says he understands being president is a hard job and he hopes a solution is found. He loves his work and his unit supports him and believes in him.

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.

even if she can never vote.  She wants to be a doctor. Her family migrated to the US from St. Lucia, one of the islands devastated in the recent hurricanes. It's hard for her to think of returning there, especially since other members of her family have attained legal status.

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even if she can never vote. 

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She wants to go to law school. She feels very lucky to have DACA protections, but is afraid of what will happen if it is allowed to lapse.

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She put herself through a two-year community college accounting program. She transferred to a 4-year program and got her BA in accounting. She did 4 internships and now has landed a job at one of the best accounting firms in NY. Now she helps her parents financially and is grateful for the opportunities she has had.

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even if she can never vote.  She is pursuing a career in healthcare administration.  

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even if she can never vote.  She left Ecuador at age 2 and does not remember it. In her high school students would recite an oath that said, "I shall not leave my city any less, but rather greater, than I found it" and she says that promise is one she feels at the core of her being.

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even if she can never vote.  She works in banking. 

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even if he can never vote. He earned a BA in business administration and is now working on a Master's in Communication. He came to the US when he was 2. His parents thought they were immigrating legally but they had fallen for a green card scam. His parents fought for years to get political asylum, and it was finally granted but the lawyer who drew up the papers left their children off the paperwork.

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even if he can never vote. 


even if he can never vote.  His parents worked long hours cleaning houses and working odd jobs while he determined to excel in school to make them proud.

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even if he can never vote.  His business employs thirty people.  

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even if he can never vote.  At the time of the photo, he was one semester away from graduating from University of Maryland with a biochemistry degree, with plans to go further and become a medical researcher or pharmacist. While he was in high school, his parents were deported to Bangladesh after their asylum case was denied. His mother was a college professor. Through the support of his church and friends, he had a good lawyer who arranged for temporary status for him, and then in 2012, the DACA program was created.

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even if she can never vote.  

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even if she can never vote. At the time of the photo, she was in 4 year nursing program, but she wants to become a physician's assistant or doctor. She has some of those plans on hold as she waits to see how the DACA situation works out. Her parents came to the US on a work visa and to seek life-saving medical treatment for her sister. They overstayed their visa, but on the positive side, their daughter has outlived her diagnosis by 13 years so far.

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even if she can never vote.

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even if he can never vote.

even if he can never vote.

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even if he can never vote.  He says: "“It’s hard to wrap my head around being in New York City and being in a medical school. This goal that I’ve had since I was 12 is now coming in to fruition."  

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even if he can never vote.  They reached out to him throughout his childhood with VBS programming and such.  Thanks to the DACA program he can attend college and work legally.

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who put himself through college.  I want him even if he can never vote (but it would be great if someday he could.)

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even if she can never vote. She says: “I believed my teachers when they said that if I just worked hard enough, I could achieve great things.” After being named valedictorian of her class, Morales transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated with honors and a degree in neurobiology. Then she received DACA and was able to go on to Harvard Medical School.

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in order to put herself through college -- even if she can never vote.  But I hope some day she can.

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even if he can never vote.  His parents got their green cards after 19 years of waiting, but by then he was over 21, so he was not included in the application.  Without DACA he would be subject to deportation and unable legally to work or even drive.

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even if she can never vote.  She's grateful for the people in her church who have taken time to get to know her.

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even if she can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  Thanks to DACA she is currently working at a university medical center, studying the heart.

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even if she can never vote. (Although I hope someday she can.)

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even if she can never vote.  Her father dug trenches for outdoor swimming pools in Texas. When she was little she asked her father how she could help the family and he told her to do well in school--so she did. 

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even if he can never vote.  He and his family own a chain of restaurants that employ over 120 people.

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even if he can never vote. (But I hope someday he can.)

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even if he can never vote.  He was in the top ten students of his high school class. 

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even if they can never vote.  She is a schoolteacher in Waco Texas.  She says, "I want everyone to understand that there’s not an (immigration) application you can get. There’s not a line you can get in and wait. That wait is 15 to 20 years long. I have to vent about it with friends I can rely on, who can pray for me or motivate me.”

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even if she can never vote.  (But I hope she can someday.)

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even if he can never vote.  He has an internship in a city government office and Chamber of Commerce and has founded two startups. 

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  But I hope she can someday.

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even if he can never vote.  "He couldn’t afford going to college, so he worked three jobs a day helping his family before his luck changed. He found a book on a subway seat called “Dreaming in Code”, and decided to pursue a career in tech."

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even if she can never vote. She wants to become an optometrist. “Education is the first step to becoming somebody in life, to escape the circle of poverty, to escape the circle of being taken advantage of,” she said. “To me, even these first few days of college is like a blessing because I never knew anyone who went to college and who was undocumented. Just to attend college, I never knew if it was going to be possible.”

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even if she can never vote.

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even if he can never vote. 

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Even if he can never vote.  Responding to a criticism he sometimes hears, he says, "“But you don't understand how terrible our immigration system is.  That line can be as long as 25 to 30 years. That's a third of your life.”

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even if he can never vote.  He saved up money from his restaurant job so he could go to college. He is majoring in finance.

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even if she can never vote.

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Even if she can never vote. She doesn't remember any other home. "‘I’m scared, but I need to have faith. I pay all my taxes; I love what I do."

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even if he can never vote.  After overcoming a rough start with the help of the Big Brother organization, he graduated high school near the top of his class.  He says, "I was afraid that I would end up just being a day laborer, not a professional in the field I wanted," but DACA changed that.  

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even if she can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She says: "“I still don’t understand, I did the best I could do.  I did what every American child is supposed to do. I’ve worked hard every single day of my life to be a part of the only country I’ve ever known.  To know that it might not be enough rips at my heart every day.”

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even if she can never vote. Her Catholic diocese helped her with her DACA status.

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even if he can never vote.  He is also working to help his family with medical expenses.

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even if she can never vote.  She says DACA "gave me hope to reach higher and that I had a chance to make it in this country."  Her family fled violence in Mexico.

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even if he can never vote.

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even if he can never vote.  He says he's an American in his heart, having grown up here, and his English is a lot better than his Spanish. 

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even if she can never vote.

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even if he can never vote.  He is working for a Chicago firm drafting blueprints as he trains to become an architect.

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even if he can never vote.  He has goals beyond working in his family's restaurant and catering business.

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even if she can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She avoided college entrance exams in high school so as not to draw attention to her status. Then she received DACA and was able "to dream higher goals". She wants to go to law school after graduation. 

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even if he can never vote.  Without access to financial aid he couldn't go to college. Now, 4 years later, he has figured out a way and is registered to start at Los Angeles Valley College for a degree in Business administration.

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even if she can never vote.  She teaches Drivers' Ed to earn money to help pay for college.  Her family fled violence in Guatemala when she was 2.

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even if she can never vote.

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even if she could never vote.  Her parents told her education was important and she became the valedictorian of her high school, and then worked her way through college at UCLA, despite having to commute two hours each way.

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even if she can never vote.  She put herself through school, so she says:  "After 7 years I will finally graduate with two BA’s; Dance and Communications with an emphasis in entertainment and tourism in the Spring of 2018. I am now applying for jobs as a multimedia journalist."

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even if she can never vote.  She has a business helping Americans write resumes and polish their job interview skills. 

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even if she can never vote.  She is about to finish her undergraduate degree in Human Services at Cal State Fullerton.

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even if she can never vote.

even if she can never vote.  She has been accepted by her first choice college.  She says having DACA protections "helped me persevere and gave me the hope and little push I needed to continue."

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even if he can never vote.  

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even if she can never vote.  Her mother worked in a poultry processing factory in Arkansas.

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even if they can never vote.  The one on the right is a teacher with two children and an American husband.

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even if she can never vote.   

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even if she can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  She is now working as an engineer at a company in Arizona.

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even if she can never vote.  She says, "Between my internship at Accenture and my job at TCF Bank, I work 60 hours per week. On top of that, I recently earned my associates degree and I plan to pursue my bachelor’s in accounting....I know this country’s history and language better than my own, and I pledge my allegiance to the United States."

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even if he can never vote. DACA has been life-changing for him.  "I volunteer with the Boy Scouts here. I’m a huge Braves fan, I go to just about two games a week. I’ve attended the Nova Vida First Baptist Church since high school. I’ve learned great values such as loving God, loving thy neighbor. This is the greatest community to raise a family and a great example of what America should be. To me, it’s the greatest place on Earth. I pray to God that I will be able to achieve my biggest endeavor which is to go to law school at UGA."

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even if they can never vote.  They've lived here since they were 2. 

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even if he can never vote.  He works in medical billing. 

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even if he can never vote. He hopes to become a civil engineer specializing in water treatment.

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even if he can never vote.  He grew up working in his parents' cleaning business.

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even if he can never vote. His family fled guerilla warfare in Colombia. His grandparents drained their savings account to send him to college. He worked at Microsoft before heading to Doppler Labs.

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even if he can never vote. He says: "Without my deferred action, I wouldn’t be able to be working where I am now, helping to run the organization I am currently managing.”

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even if she can never vote.  She says, "My ambitions are big. I worry all the time that I will be left with no chance of succeeding in the country where I grew up."

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even if she can never vote.  She took the ACT test 10 times in order to get the score she needed for the college she wanted to attend.

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even if he can never vote.  He graduated from high school with a GPA above 4.0 and was ranked third in his class. He came to Loyola Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine after earning undergraduate degrees with honors in biology, microbiology, and Spanish with minors in chemistry and biochemistry, as well as a graduate degree in biology — all from the New Mexico State University. He is entering his third year of medical school and upon completion he will receive a medical degree and a doctorate degree in science.  He hopes to practice medicine in Illinois to ease the physician shortage in that state. 

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even if she can never vote.  She was her high school's valedictorian, and got her master's at Harvard.

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even if he can never vote. As a high school student, he worked for no pay overnights with his mom cleaning an Outback Steakhouse, then got his siblings up and went to school. Now he is working his way through college. "I took a semester off to work to save … we don’t get any benefits so I have to save up.”

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even if she can never vote.  She plans to graduate college and work in serve the community. 

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even if she can never vote (but I hope she can someday.) She has a nursing degree. "DACA opened every single door for me. I want to work....I lived in Mexico until I was 4, I don't remember a thing. It's very difficult to think about having to go back there."

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even if she can never vote. Her own childhood was "all-American" -- after school there'd be marching band practice, or selling Girl Scout Cookies or trips to the YMCA.  Now she says, “I’m...teaching these tiny humans to be great Americans.”

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even if she can never vote.  

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even if he can never vote.

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even if he can never vote.  "His skills, hunger to learn and determination so impressed [his boss] that the restaurateur offered to put him in charge of a restaurant."  At the time of this photo, they were two months away from opening a new restaurant, where this 24-year old would be partner and chef de cuisine.  

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even if he can never vote.

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even if she can never vote.  "To pay for school, she worked as a nanny, a Mandarin tutor and a cleaner. Through this hard work, [she] was able to receive both a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Middle East and Islamic Studies and a master’s degree in Psychology."

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even if he can never vote. He had hoped to attend UNLV and pursue a business career, but for now, with the possible end of DACA, he's focused on finishing high school and getting a job.  He says:  “I can’t control government, and I can’t control the Trump administration, but I can control what I can do, and that is getting a job and getting some sort of income to help my mother.”

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even if she can never vote.

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