A weight off Nae’s shoulders

Tenacious: that is the word Nae used to answer the question on her college application, “In a word, how would you describe yourself?” One example of Nae’s tenacity is when she broke her nose riding a four-wheeler at the Bakersfield ranch where her father worked and missed the first two months of high school. Nae had her siblings bring her assignments home while she convalesced. By the time she returned to school, she was ahead of her classmates.

Nae was admitted to a number of prestigious universities, but nine digits prevented her from attending. Although raised in the United States, Nae was born in Mexico and lacked a social security number. This meant no federal financial aid and, as a result, an inability to afford a college education.

Fortunately, Mills College recruited her and offered her enough scholarships and other support to pay for at least her first year of school. When that funding ran out, Nae had to take a leave of absence and attend San Jose Community College, where she could continue her studies at a lower cost.

Nae was eventually able to return to Mills College where she heard about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workshops at East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC).

If approved, Nae would be able to apply for a social security number and become eligible for employment. “My DACA approval could not have come at a better time,” says an exuberant Nae. “I only have one more semester to finish my Master’s in Business. It is great to know that I can now apply for jobs and put my degree and all I have learned to good use.” She concludes, “It takes a huge weight off my shoulders, and I am grateful to EBCLC’s Immigration Law Clinic for helping me obtain the DACA approval.” Donate now to help people like Nae obtain critical legal aid.

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