As A DACA Recipient, This Latina Feels As If She Failed Her Family And She Explains Why
Beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, Daisy Marquez, started posting makeup tutorials on Snapchat for fun and then switched over to other platforms growing a fanbase of over one million followers across all of her social media platforms. Even though Daisy’s mom wouldn’t let her wear makeup until she was in high school, once she started uploading her makeup looks and tutorials onto YouTube, it took her only two months to get officially verified by YouTube.
Daisy recently switched gears from her usual fashion and makeup YouTube videos to tell her fans her immigrant story.
Shortly after Trump had been elected President of the United States, this makeup YouTube star released this video to share how she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with two coyotes and how DACA has impacted her life.
Daisy begins by describing what she had to endure at 10 years old to cross the river and get back into the U.S. Even though this happened nine years ago, she illustrates with great detail the danger she faced to get back into the U.S. Women, including a pregnant woman, had to fight against the strong currents of the río by foot. Because she was the youngest in the group of people trying to cross back to the U.S., she was the only one placed on a float to cross the river. From there she was carried on a stranger’s back through what looked like a to be a forest. She remembers how she and the rest of her group were walking in 100º weather sharing one gallon of water and how all she wished for was an ice cold can of Coke.
Daisy breaks down in tears as she describes the overwhelming feeling of relief that came over her when she was finally back in the U.S. reunited with her mom. As she tells her story she gets emotional thinking about how much people have to go through and how much they have to put on the line just to visit their hometown and reunite with their family.
Daisy then transitions to tell her viewers about how when it came time to pick which college she wanted to attend, she rejected every application she received. As an undocumented student she would’ve had to pay international student fees – which meant her mom would have to work ’10 times harder’ and she wanted to keep her mom from going through that struggle. This caused her to have conflicting feelings.
“I feel like I failed my family because I didn’t go to college,” says Daisy.
Even though Daisy worked hard throughout high school, taking college courses and graduating with distinct honors, she didn’t attend college due to financial reasons. The last thing she wanted was for her mom “to bust her ass day and night just [for her] to go to college,” something that many immigrants or children of immigrants can relate to.
Despite the vision Daisy had of going to college and making her mom proud, her life took a different route and she is thankful that she has been able to reach millions of people and relate to them.
From feeling like a failure to making it big as a beauty and lifestyle YouTuber, Daisy’s message to everyone is: “Just know that you can do it. Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams.”
After listening to Daisy’s story, people on the internet thanked her for being a voice for immigrants and DREAMers.
Others felt empowered by Daisy’s words.
And many responded with encouraging words of love and support.
Daisy’s story isn’t the only that is incredibly inspiring.
In a recent interview, famous Latinas shared their immigration stories and what it was like to receive help from DACA.
Traditionally, when industries like Hollywood portray well-distinguished and impressively successful characters on the big screen or in media, women— particularly Latinas— are often left out of the loop. Instead, they’re cast to the wayside and put into boxes where they portray small roles as women of less than humble means and education backgrounds. Fortunately, in recent years, women of color have pushed their way to the forefront of the entertainment and fashion industries where they not only rule music and box office charts but also use their platforms to advocate for political and social changes. This is, despite the many obstacles that were set in their paths and despite the fact that they were often faced with systems that could have prevented them from reaching success.
In a recent piece by Marie Claire, the magazine spoke to actresses, advocates, and activists who came from immigrant backgrounds and are currently fighting for the rights of newcomers.
The Cuban-American singer rose to fame as one member of the girl group Fifth Harmony a few years ago, but last year claimed the spotlight for her own with the release of her hit song “Havana.” In the months following her big solo debut, singer and songwriter spoke up about immigration issues including her own story which involved crossing the border with her mother into the U.S. at the age of five. At the 2018 Grammy Awards, she delivered a powerful message about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects qualifying undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and is currently at risk.
Speaking to the audience at the time she said, “Just like the Dreamers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up. And honestly, no part of my journey is any different from theirs,” she said. “I’m a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant, born in eastern Havana, standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City, and all I know is, just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.”
Known most for her roles in the ABC hit show “Ugly Betty” and films like “Real Women Have Curves” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Ferrera has now become a fierce advocate for immigration and women’s rights. In recent years she has been extremely active in informing Latinos in the United States on the importance of getting involved with the vote and in 2017 she was the opening speaker for the Women’s March on Washington. This past year, at the height of the #Metoo campaign, she revealed that she had been sexually harassed at the age of nine.
During her recent interview, Ferrera explained why she believes it’s important to change representation of immigrants and their stories in film saying “I have been supremely lucky to get the opportunities to play some wonderful, authentic, and deep characters, but if I look around at the vast image being painted about the American experience, I see that there are so many of us missing from the picture.Our experiences, our humor, our dramas, our hopes, our dreams, and our families are almost nonexistent in the stories that surround us. I hear from all kinds of people that they gain confidence and self-esteem when they see themselves in the culture—portrayals that say, in resounding ways, ‘You are here, you are seen, your experience matters.’ I believe that culture shapes identity and defines possibility, that it teaches who we are, what to believe, and how to dream. We should all be able to look at the world around us and see a reflection of our true lived experiences. Until then, the American story will never be complete.”
The designer behind Zero + Maria Cornejo has dressed female powerhouses the likes of Michelle Obama, Cindy Sherman, and Christy Turlington. It’s a far cry from her early days in which she found herself fleeing the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile as a twelve-year-old with her family. Speaking about her move from Chile in September of 1973, Cornejo described in the interview the moment she saw bombs fall on Santiago as part of a military coup to bring down socialist president Salvador Allende. “I remember going to school and hearing the bombs everywhere,” Cornejo explained. Soon after her father fled to Peru, she and her mother followed.
While the “Orange is the Black” actress and author of In the Country We Love, was born in the United States, her parents were from Colombia and entered the U.S. without documentation. Throughout her career, she has used her platform to speak up about immigration issues and share her story of being left behind in the U.S. when her parents and brother were deported while she was in school.
Speaking about the Trump administration’s rush of strict and inflexible immigration policies she said that “anyone who experiences a traumatic separation from a loved one knows that it takes time to adjust to the emptiness in your life. I can’t help but think it’s even worse for children who realize that anonymous federal agents have taken their mother or father, or both, like what happened when I was a teenager. When I heard the audio recordings of young children crying out for a parent or aunt, to the point of not being able to catch their breath, I was overcome with a rush of painful memories. Then when I saw the videos of children wrapped in those foil-like blankets behind fencing that looked like cages, my heart broke. I thought to myself, How can our nation be so cruel? It made me want to try even harder to get people to vote in November so that the true compassionate voice of America is heard.”
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