Many readers will remember the saga of Monica and Jose. She's been my friend since she was about 5-years-old!
If you need a refresher, just type Monica into the search tool on this page and you can read past posts. The following message came to me on March 21.
What joyous news for this great young woman and her family!
Our struggle has been more than worth it. It is an example of community work at its very best and highest expression
Now we need to direct our attention to the work of comprehensive immigration reform, including passage of the DREAM Act.
Dear family and friends,
I am happy to announce that I am now DACAmented :D (DACA documented... get it?)
I am happy to announce that I have been approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which means my deportation proceedings have been closed and I am now like any other DREAMer without the fear of being in deportation proceedings again. Based on this new program I am able to attain a work permit that will be valid for a period of two years and may be renewed, and I am currently working on the process of attaining my driver's license.
I would like to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for all of your support, blessings, prayers and presence in mine and my family's life, we are so grateful to know such wonderful people. What I have today would not be if it wasn't for all of y'all help. I will keep you updated and please let me know if there is anything I can do to give back.
P.S. Alan (my youngest brother) is currently awaiting approval of his DACA application. We will keep you updated on that too.
Throughout Monica's entire ordeal, her attorney, Liz Cedillo-Pereira stood by her, fought for her, counseled her and prayed for her and all of us. Here's what Liz sent to Monica upon receiving the great news:
I like that phrase "DACAmented!"
And, I am so very proud and happy for you. Your life has enriched my own. And, I have no doubt that this valley you have walked in since 2009 will be used as a testament to the unbreakable sprit and determination of a young woman named Monica Ibarra. You know that God has His hand on you and called you to service and I can only imagine all the great things that are in store for you and our world because of you in it.
You will always be in my heart and Ms. Helen's.