A.B.


As interviewed by Eli Hanser-Young, March fourth 2015
"Right now, how things are, they could get deported any time -- especially my dad. "
A.B.

Introductory Profile: About A.B.

I interviewed A.B., a Dreamer.

Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as very young children. My father met A.B. while researching the immigrant rights movement. A.B. was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She moved to the United States when she was two-years-old. She has lived in America for more than eighteen years now. Her parents are undocumented immigrants also, but her thirteen-year-old brother was born in the U.S. as a citizen. Even though her family has lived in the United States for a long time, and she has spent almost her entire life in this country, deportation is a fear that her family has to deal with every day.

A.B. has family in Mexico, but America is her home. She does not feel as if she could ever live in Mexico. She has not been to Mexico since she was small child. Although she considers America home, this country has treated her and her family as unwanted strangers. Her family has had to go through some pretty tough times. A little over a year ago, her father was detained by the police and deported. He is back in the U.S. now, but his deportation was devastating. She and her family continue to live with the daily fear of being deported. A.B. has dreams like all American kids, but her American life has often been a nightmare.