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'Dreamers,' when (and how) did you find out you were brought to the US without legal permission?




Ivan Ceja, 25 of Compton, became a DACA beneficiary in 2012, and is preparing himself for a life without papers again.
Ivan Ceja, 25 of Compton, became a DACA beneficiary in 2012, and is preparing himself for a life without papers again.
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Over the past few days, we’ve heard from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients about their concerns about possibly being deported or losing their jobs.

Wednesday morning, we wanted to talk about how this plays out within families.

If you were brought to this country illegally, when did you find out? What was it like to hear the news? What did your parents say about your relative security or vulnerability as someone in the country illegally?

Lydia in Rancho Cucamonga called and shared her story about how she didn't learn of her status until her family was in the process of being deported.

Maribel called from downtown Los Angeles says her parents never told her about her status, and she only found out when she went to go get a job at age 16.