Posted on November 25, 2016Edy's Story
Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation.
I’m Edy Angel Domínguez Quezadas and I came to Chicago from México to reunite with my parents and siblings in the year 2000. Back home my grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends still wait for my return just as I promised them so many years ago. I have no idea when this will be. Unfortunately, some of them I will never be able to hug again as is the case of a few uncles and both of my grandfathers.
I was a 15 year old teenager and even though I was reunited with my family, I was frustrated for the drastic change and the difficulty to accept all my life was left behind miles and miles away... To be honest, I was very upset with my parents for bringing me to this strange place. In high school, I struggled so much picking up the new language and lived in shock for a long time trying to accept “my new place”, but nevertheless I excelled despite my own expectations.
Against all odds, including the lack of economic resources, my family difficulties, and my psychological struggle, I graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 2003 and enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University, where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts in Communication, Media, and Theater. From my experience, during that time the conversation about being undocumented was basically null, and it wasn’t until 2010 that the youth movement for Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act really emerged.
I got involved and worked with friends in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards to bring this conversation to the forefront. We began organizing the community to attend marches and demonstrations in order to bring awareness and push for immigration reform. We registered voters and brought information to residents so they could become US Citizens. My community was no longer silent. I still remember that time at church, which was full to its capacity that morning, when I said from the podium “Raise your hand if you are undocumented”. Suddenly all of these hands began going up, even people I’d never imagined would be in the same situation as me. That encouraged me to get involved further in activism, which gave me the opportunity to meet so many courageous undocumented students not only from the city of Chicago but around the country. Together, we advocated for our cause locally and in Washington D.C. Later, in 2012 I helped found the Dreamers and Allies Run scholarship for undocumented students of my neighborhood. Since then, I’m committed to support in any way I can those who in one way or another are silent or still live in the shadows.
Now, after so many years myself and others have a good opportunity to participate in an educational program with the National Autonomous University of Mexico. This gives us a golden opportunity to travel to México and learn about our roots, social movements, economic development, etc., but also the great privilege to visit our family whom we haven’t seen for countless years and come back to the US where we have built our lives. You can help make this a reality. Your financial support means everything to us. We would be eternally grateful for it as it offers the chance to reconnect with something we hold so dear to our hearts.