Overcoming Fear, Winning Relief - Lisette's Story
Lisette knows all about living in fear. "It was horrible, like being trapped. I was afraid if I got pulled over when driving I’d get deported and separated from my family."
Lisette's story is linked with OneAmerica's. When she first moved to the US she lived in North Carolina. She was unable to renew her driver's license, which severely limited her mobility. North Carolina also did not afford Lisette's daughter, who came to the U.S. as a child, higher education opportunities.
Lisette moved to Washington, where OneAmerica has been working hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere to all, with legislative victories such as the Washington State DREAM Act, allowing Lisette's daughter to pursue higher education.
OneAmerica has fought tirelessly to allow all residents, including people like Lisette, to have acess to driver's licenses so that they can get their children to school, go to work, and contribute to their communities.
Even though things were better in Washington, Lisette knew she was at risk for deportation, which would devastate her family. She got involved with OneAmerica through her children's school as a way to support their education and future.
Last month, President Obama announced the biggest immigration exectuive action in U.S. history. Lisette joined shared her story at a OneAmerica press conference on the day of the announcement, sharing her plans to apply for relief that will reshape her family's future.
We've worked together for years to achieve this victory. Yet our work has only just begun.
Lisette, originally from Peru, has had to turn down job offers at her children's school in Federal Way where she volunteers. With a work permit, she can do the work she loves. Her daughter Alessandra is a DACA recipient and they just sent in the paperwork to renew it.
With your support, OneAmerica lifts up leaders like Lisette. Leading a group of parents, she is also training with our education team to become a parent organizer in order to advocate for bilingual classrooms and an education system that reflects her children's needs and those of other immigrant families. This is important not only for immigrant students, she says, but for native born students, since "everyone deserves multilingual opportunities."
Up to 100,000 immigrant families may be eligible for relief in Washington like Lisette. OneAmerica has already launched an expansive program to inform and organize as many candidates as we can reach.
With leaders like Lisette and supporters like you, OneAmerica will continue to fight for immigration reform that offers not just relief, but citizenship for our whole community.
Lisette moved to Washington, where OneAmerica has been working hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere to all, with legislative victories such as the Washington State DREAM Act, allowing Lisette's daughter to pursue higher education
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