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EnJR

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So I never got to introduce myself in here at all, so may as well do so now that I've some spare time.

Hey everyone, my real name is Enrique, I'm from Venezuela, came to the US originally because of our current situation in our country, going through many political changes and a lot of insecurity so we decided to come to the US, currently I'm the only one who has illegal presence as to the rest of my family they found a way to get in a status and now they're becoming residents except me. This is the only hope I have, the only one I'm hoping for growing a bright future. Honestly I'm all counting on this approval so that I can finally start my own life, I've gone through a lot of difficult phases (I'm guessing just like any other Dreamer out there).

When I was in high school, just like any other kid around that age, I would always dream of getting out of high school, start college in another state, living the college life, by my own, I also wanted to go to the US Air Force, and just be like any other typical american life. Just about when I was a senior, I noticed I couldn't do anything I wished for, not even in my same state or more specifically, the same county. Fortunately, I did get my license when I had a status but it's now expired of course, never got a SSN or ITIN.

Living life as an undocumented, it has been one of the toughest obstacles I have ever had, just like any of you. Not being able to drive legally, work legally (and even find a decent job), get credits, or even show a valid ID without showing a passport. Most of my friends if not all, they all are residents and citizens, it's hard to keep up with them since they are in college and working at the same time, traveling inside and outside the country with no problems, and even simple stuff like even making a contract with a phone carrier to get a new phone. Things I can't do, and the ones I can, I can barely do. They often ask me about me and what am I thinking about doing with my life, it's such an awkward question although they know my situation, but it still is an awkward situation.

I'm someone who usually compares my own to the rest, and it's just so hard and frustrating and devastating, knowing all the things I can do, I could do, and that I'm willing to do, and it's all in stand by. I'm living a life I don't want to live, meaning, I've always felt forced to live the way my parents and other people want me to, and of course, I've always hidden my true personality because they are just not accepting who I am, what I do or what I like. It's so sad when people keeps stepping over you over and over again and you know you can't do anything because without them, I'm not able to sustain myself. This is the number one reason I've been waiting anxiously for the approval, so that I can get my freedom, that's the way of me seeing this opportunity, as freedom. After all this years, I've realized that I'm not looking for fortune, to be rich, or anything, all I've been looking is for just one thing that I mentioned, freedom, stability, and peace with my own.

If you made it all the way here reading my post, thanks for taking the time. I'm sorry if some parts do not make sense, I needed to ventilate a little since all my friends are busy on their own little world and they clearly do not understand what I'm going through.

I wish luck to all of you that have gotten approved. To the ones waiting, for some of us has been a long road, some are just starting this game of waiting, but be patient, things happen for a reason, the day we will get approved, it's not because an officer just finished the case, it's because we're done, we're prepared for this new opportunity they are giving us. Good luck, and have a nice day everyone.

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Reading your post made me a little teary eyed, I guess we all here live the same struggles. It is difficult to not live up to your full potential because of a status, hopefully one day we all get our day to shine and like you said our freedom. Thank you for sharing.

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I am writing this email to want to show how broken and flawed deferred action is in accordance to evidence required to proof residing in the united states. USCIS seeks PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT AND LEASES, GAS, ELECTRICITY AND PHONE BILLS but we all know a non immigrant cannot acquire these things without a state or federal issued ID and or social security. I have actually resided here continuously without being arrested and earning my wages honestly through jobs to live but I am going to get denied because I have no evidence of continuously residing after I got out of high school as opposed to my friend who was in jail and actually got approved because he was acquitted on criminal charges which serendipitously is evidence that he resided in the US

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I can tell you that I understand how you feel...I always tried to not pay attention to my "status" I tried to do my best, but you always hit that wall...and you get brought back to reality.

I'm glad I joined the forum 'cause I find people like you that have experienced difficulties like I have...thank you for sharing your thoughts.

I wish you success :D

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I'm definitely conversant with your life story, I think many of us Dreamers have gone through the same experiences of hardship. Until now, I was also the only one in my family without legal status, for years I've been somewhat of a slave for my own family, they've pretty much bullied me and ordered me to do whatever they want, but ever since I've been approved, I've grown a new sets of balls. I'm no longer taking sh*t from no one, and now i'm finally becoming independent for the first time in my life and I love every minute of it. :rolleyes:

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