Immigrants embrace activism awaiting word on DACA’s future

By Anita Snow
The Associated Press

“This is the greatest nation in the world,” said Valdovinos. “I feel a responsibility to serve this country.”

DACA recipients like Valdovinos are assuming prominent roles in the 2020 elections. They are becoming leaders in the Democratic presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer and get-out-the-vote groups in immigrant communities, using their shared language and culture to build trust.

Jeanne Batalova, a senior analyst for the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, said political involvement helps DACA recipients facing an uncertain future feel empowered.

“They are doing what they can to exercise their agency, to shape their lives and destinies,” Batalova said.

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