Reading Time: < 1 minute My Undocu Life began in early 2019 as a hopeful idea. I wanted to create a platform that would share many individual’s narratives. I wanted the world to hear our narratives directly from the source. This idea snowballed when I met David Cazares later in the year. David created the spark I needed to get […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes I came to the United States when I was 3 years old. I crossed the border with my mom. We crossed the border in El Paso, TX. Unfortunately, my mom was detained and returned to Mexico. I ended up as a toddler alone without my mother and father for about a month waiting for my […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a followup to The Past pt. 1. Please, visit that post before reading on. Also, this is a bit lengthier than my previous posts. I believe the details are necessary to convey more of my origin story. Once we were in Chicago in May of 1999, my mom and I had to wait […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes When it comes to finances as a DACA individual it is a very complicated topic. What banks will require US citizenship just to apply? What credit card should I apply for? How do I get a home, auto, or personal loan as a DACA individual? DISCLOSURE: I am not getting compensation in exchange of recommending […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Hobbton high school library 2013 I realized that not all my visitors may be aware of what Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is and how it makes my specific story as an undocumented, “DACAmented” individual different from someone that is still fully undocumented. At the bottom of my explanation I will link some resources […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes This post will be a follow up to The Past pt. 2. Please, go read that before continuing on this post. My dad’s time as a contract field worker was extremely tough. There are a couple of things I didn’t include in the previous post that I wanted to bring up. My dad’s trips to the […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve thought about what to say in this post for a while now and I have to disclose that this is strictly how I have come to deal with racism and does not reflect at all how others may or may not deal with it. I do not represent the views of anybody else but […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute The idea of leaving the woodpile higher than you found it is a mantra I picked up working at my current company, Red Ventures. Essentially it means that when joining something you find ways to have an impact. I recently heard Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible labs, say that if we can impact ONE […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve compiled information useful to voting. It has recently become a really important passion of mine. This is how change can happen. Do not lose faith and get those around you out to vote. These following tools is brought to you thanks to Vote.org. Share with friends freely! Please, visit Vote.org’s site directly for more […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes I shared this first on Facebook and then Instagram. I wanted to put it on my blog site as well. Original Facebook Post tldr; A vote for Donald Trump is a vote against my future. Think of those in less fortunate circumstances and vote in their best interest, please. The attached image is my reality. […]
Reading Time: 8 minutes Intro Green Card Eligibility My Pathways to Citizenship Citizenship through Marriage to a US Citizen Citizenship through Military Service Thank You Intro UPDATE: Thanks to so many that have connected with me after sharing my Facebook post: My Harsh Reality and +700,000 Others. I want to give a shout out to Juan Zapata for sharing his […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Solicitar recursos financieros (Request financial resources) Solicitar recursos en especie (Request resources in kind) Para donar (To donate) Infografias en Español (Infographics in Spanish) Recursos adicionales (Additional resources) Solicitar recursos financieros (Request financial resources): Ubicación Organización Enlace US Techqueria https://bit.ly/tq-fund-app US undocuscholars https://bit.ly/3aKwNm4 US Cosecha https://bit.ly/2wwdbmM US Mi Para Ti https://bit.ly/2Y8yuWS US Immigrant Neighbor Fund […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute First, kudos to my great friend Eriana Gonzalez for this post’s featured image. I’ve dreamt that my blog could become more than just mine and host stories from around the US and maybe in the future around the globe. If you’re interested in being featured, please read on! Ways to contribute include writing a short blurb […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Hello fellow readers! Today I have the great honor and pleasure to welcome My Undocu Life’s newest contributor, Barbara Contreras. I’ve recently connected with Barbara and was blown away by her story and her accomplishments. She has expressed interest on writing a couple of articles about herself, and her aspirations. She is also excited to share […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you ever asked yourself this? I have. Sometimes every day. If you have ever seen the movie Selena you have definitely heard the phrase “we gotta be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans both at the same time.” Yes, I know I am not Mexican, but I think it […]
Reading Time: 8 minutes Earlier this year I found the Latinx in Tech organization Techqueria. I was lucky to meet Carlos Salgado, a young DACAmented individual in tech. He is a successful software engineer working for Team Treehouse, an e-learning platform. Immediately I wanted to learn as much as I could about his story and knew that our readers […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve learned a lot in the past months. One of them is the value of Juneteenth. I had heard it mentioned in the past but I never looked into its meaning. I now celebrate this day with my black brothers and sisters. It is a day to remember the pure joy of liberation from slavery. […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Hello everyone, I hope you are staying safe and healthy during these times. Today, I have the wonderful pleasure of introducing My Undocu Life’s newest contributors, Francesca Milagros Donayre. I recently met Francesca and we connected on many subjects. I am super excited about her sharing her narrative and other topics that she believes are […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Butterflies are known as a symbol of transformation because of the process of metamorphosis. Before sharing my story, I felt as if I was in a cocoon. I have long awaited my liberation. Now that I’ve shared my story, I finally feel free. I usually tend to stay away from oversharing my personal life on […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Hi everyone, I have the wonderful pleasure to introduce a wonderful new contributor to My Undocu Life! Please, make her feel welcomed, Milly Aquije. I had the great privilege to meet Milly a few months ago but I already feel like I’ve known her for much longer. Milly will go above and beyond to make […]
Reading Time: 8 minutes Read this article in Spanish: Feature: ¿Hispano o Latino? Intentemos Nativo Americano In high school, I remarked that I must be over 50% Aztec or some other indigenous group. After all, my mother gave birth to me in Mexico, and I looked quite native with my deeply tan skin and thick, black hair. My acquaintances […]
Reading Time: 8 minutes Lea este artículo en inglés: Feature: Hispanic or Latino? Try Native American En la preparatoria, solía enfatizar que yo era en un 50% Azteca o pertenecía a uno de estos grupos mesoamericanos. Después de todo, mi madre me tuvo en México, y me veía bastante nativo con mi piel morena y con mi cabello grueso […]
Reading Time: 1 minute Self-preparation Guide By Immigrants Rising Steps to Renew DACA Financial Assistance for DACA Renewal Fee Link: Dreamer DACA Renewal Loans RAICES: https://www.raicestexas.org/daca-fee-assistance-application/ Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa are waiving fees until September 30, 2020: https://app.smartsheet.com/…/68c900d27410498cacedd94aec536d… Opening Doors: (916)492-2591 World Relief Sacramento: https://worldreliefsacramento.org/daca “As of September 9, 2020, we are able to take on new DACA […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Dear Undocumented Friends and Allies, What a time to be alive. It seems that we cannot and really should not escape the reality we find ourselves in. Immigration has fallen to the wayside this election year, and we have yet to hear either candidate discuss how they are going to approach the solution to fix […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Undocu Community and allies, I am writing to you during these sleepless days before knowing the 2020 Election results. I am undocumented; a Dreamer with DACA. My anxiety has kept me awake, along with deep thoughts of what will happen if either candidate is elected. I have created a plan A, a plan B, […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes How do you feel? Are you okay? These are some of the questions I received before and after November 3rd. I had no idea how to answer except just saying “I am okay.” Mostly because I would probably go down a rabbit hole, which I didn’t think would do anyone any good. It would make […]
Reading Time: 13 minutes Muchos de mis compañeros Nativos Americanos del sur de la frontera de los Estados Unidos sufren una crisis de identidad cuando les revelo la verdad sobre su raza; muchos “Hispanos” y “Latinos” son Nativos Americanos.
Reading Time: 12 minutes Many of my fellow Native Americans from south of the U.S. border suffer from an identity crisis when I reveal the truth of their race; many “Hispanics” and “Latinx” are Native American.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A lot has happened since this blog site first opened up to the back in November of 2019. I can thankfully say that the road ahead seems a lot less bumpy for myself and many of the readers and supporters of this My Undocu Life. You can read the intro to the blog here: Welcome to […]
Reading Time: 15 minutes We will explore how I found my ties to the Guachichil tribe through my 7th great grandparents in a baptism record from 1720 of my 7th great aunt, Raphaela de los Angeles.
Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s now been seven months since I made the life-altering decision to leave the United States. Honestly, there are still some days where it hasn’t fully sunk in. I’m still processing the plethora of emotions. As someone who lived as an undocumented, then DACAmented immigrant in the U.S., this was not something I took lightly […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute Advocacy Opportunity:
Sign-on to Support the Dream Act! A group of Dreamers and alumni from TheDream.US are writing to the Senate in support of the Dream Act of 2021, and they are asking for your support.
Reading Time: 2 minutes There are some things that I was told before starting a job that not everyone has the privilege of hearing. With that in mind I wanted to compile a list of pro-tips that can be essential to a successful career in ANY job. Some may be job-specific but I’ll try to give you the essentials […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes How many of y’all want to own a house, apartment, tiny home, mansion, or anything real estate? I sure do.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Milly, my dear friend was featured in the book, “Keeping the Faith,” a collection of reflections from several authors on Politics and Christianity during the 2016 – 2020 presidency edited by Jonathan P. Walton, Suzie Lahoud, and Sy Hoekstra. With the announcement from Texas on DACA this week I found it comforting to reread her passage on “Restaurando Esperanza.” We stand together in good and bad. Still we keep rising.
Reading Time: 5 minutes My hope for all who are undocumented is for you to know you are not alone. I, too, as an undocumented single pastor with Afro-Peruvian and Peruvian-Italian roots, lament with you. I lament all the times you’ve never heard that God loves you and is for you regardless of your documentation, because you are a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I apologize for all the racist, discriminatory, xenophobic comments…
Reading Time: 2 minutes It is time to use our platform, My Undocu Life, for further good. The profit of this merchandise campaign will go towards United We Dream’s Advocacy Efforts. Thanks to the great design help from our peer and friend Nathasya with Love Simply.
Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s been awhile since I’ve been here. Life sometimes gets ahead of us and I am finally able to catch a break. A couple of months ago I visited my parents in Florida. It is always nice to see them but something about this visit was different.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Feliz año nuevo (Happy new year)! It’s been a while since I’ve set time aside to write a post and I thank everyone that has been reading previous content in the meantime.
I wanted to drop a few tidbits of what I’ve been keeping busy with.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Hello everyone! It’s been quite some time now, but I haven’t forgotten about the website. Simply continuing to balance my time into many different projects. I’ve done some work with some nonprofits to create some website experiences with voter engagement in English/Spanish.