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 protester for Clean Dream Act. “I wanted them to know that I am a person and that I come to represent for so many undocumented youth in my community. There are 17000 DACA recipients just within Santa Cruz County.I am fighting for my life and I am fighting for my freedom. I know that people don’t associate freedom with citizenship but for me that’s what it means.”

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 protestor for Clean Dream Act. “I want to show everybody that we can do it as much and better than any other person. That’s truly why I am here. To show people that we are worth something. At this point even if we don’t like it or if we are not okay with this country and really claiming that it is ours. We have been here for so long, we are automatically a part of it.”

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 protestor for Clean Dream Act. “I am also a Muslim and clearly a black man, so anything that is being discriminated against is in me. I feel all the pain, when they talk about immigrants I feel it, when they talk about Muslims I feel it, when they talk about black men I feel it. I made decision to take action.”

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protestor for Clean Dream Act. “My name is Brenda Yepez, I am from Washington state. I flew to Washington DC to fight. I come from a family of eight and my families goal was always for a better education. If I don’t go out there and show my community the support that they need then who will? I know that regardless of what happens we will always be together and hold chains.”

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protestor for Clean Dream Act. “When we are screaming and chanting in the office, we sound angry but really we are hurt. We are so hurt because we are standing in front of them and they still won’t listen. They are allowed to look at us but when we make eye contact they look away. I am not going back into the shadows, I am not going not to be seen anymore.”

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 protestor for Clean Dream Act. “I am a mom of a one year old from North Dakota; this state is home. I am a law abiding citizen, I think I deserve a chance to be here. Not just because I was brought here but because I love this country. I feel like my parents deserve a chance, I feel like my sister deserve a chance, we have earned our spots here.”

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protestor for Clean Dream Act. “I am a human being, that deserves a chance here in the U.S. I need to be here with my kids to love and guide them through life. My grandmother passed away and my mother couldn’t go back to say goodbye. That’s one of the toughest things that immigrants have to face. Thhe Dream Act will help put a stop to this pain. We will have the right to go back without the fear of never being able to return.”

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protestor for Clean Dream Act. “The part that breaks my heart most is the thought of leaving my son. I don’t think he deserves that, I don’t think he should be torn away from his mother. If it came to it, I don’t think it would be right for me to take him to a country that I don’t even know. He deserves the chance to be happy where he is; this is home.”

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// protestor for Clean Dream Act. “After graduating I went back to the workforce and was treated like an immigrant again. Noone was hiring in my industry for undocumented immigrants. So I decided to build my own company; right now I am on my fourth. I decided to close my most recent company so I can come out here and to protest. So we choose this and have chosen this struggle. Come protest on and lets get that Dream Act." 

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 protestor for Clean Dream Act. “I really just want to be a voice, I feel like I have to be a voice. I feel like we are always silenced and that we need to hide. We are scared to speak on what we are going through; but that’s our power.”

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