Itzel Guillen Maganda realized the information by textual content — despatched by a pal. However simply to verify, she checked her e mail.
It was a aid however nonetheless a shock — that the U.S. Supreme Court had kept the Obama-era DACA program in drive — mentioned the San Diegan born in Mexico Metropolis however introduced right here by a paid stranger at age 5.
“I had ready for the worst, simply being conscious of who the Supreme Court docket justices are,” she mentioned Thursday. “I had a sense that it might go a technique.”
Guillen, 26, isn’t your typical “Dreamer” beneficiary of guidelines that permit undocumented aliens who arrived as youngsters to be spared deportation.
Final 12 months, she was featured in a chapter of “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear.
The authors, Washington reporters for The New York Instances, selected Guillen’s story to depict what they referred to as “the real-world penalties of DACA’s demise” in 2017.
Chapter 16 on Guillen — pages 187-190 — was titled “Life in two-year increments.”
It famous a terrifying second when police stopped her undocumented mom (who adopted her to America later) after mistakenly blowing via a cease signal.
Missing a driver’s license, Guillen’s mom exchanged horrified appears to be like together with her daughter, the guide mentioned.
“If I’ve to go, we go collectively,” the guide quoted her mom as saying. “Guillen nodded silently, then texted her brother to say they could by no means see him once more.”
However the officer didn’t ask for license or ID. He simply gave them a warning. “They have been free to go,” the guide mentioned.
On Thursday, Guillen mentioned she spoke to her mom and brother on the telephone within the wake of the 5-Four courtroom resolution.
“So he’s undoubtedly feeling relieved as effectively,” she mentioned in a telephone interview. “However with warning. We have now to listen to extra info on how this is able to develop.”
Davis interviewed Guillen in early April 2019 after the creator contacted Alliance San Diego via the Southern Border Communities Coalition.
On the time, Guillen was Alliance’s immigrant integration supervisor. She now’s 2020 census tasks specialist for Building Skills Partnership, a nonprofit primarily based in Los Angeles. (She works from residence in San Diego.)
The chapter Guillen was featured in contained an error, although — saying her brother was not lined by DACA. In reality, he was. Publishers Simon and Schuster and the authors didn’t reply to queries a few correction when contacted final October, when the guide got here out.
Guillen is wanting ahead, nevertheless.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, she deliberate to attend a rally celebrating the DACA resolution. Alliance San Diego, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium and San Diego Border Dreamers have been organizers of a “Rally for Justice Everywhere” on the downtown County Administration Constructing.
She received’t be a speaker, although.
Chapter 16 of “Border Wars” advised of how Guillen spoke at a 2017 Waterfront Park rally she helped arrange shortly after Trump’s termination of DACA.
“It was solely after she stepped down from the stage and hugged a colleague … that Guillen broke down in tears,” the guide mentioned. “She was again residing in worry for her future.”
On Thursday, she mentioned she had been reflecting all day about what the courtroom resolution means.
“I’m somewhat nervous about what’s to come back,” she mentioned, “as a result of this system remains to be in some type of uncertainty.”
However she’s sure what she needs to do: pursue a sophisticated diploma past her 2017 San Diego State College bachelor’s diploma in political science and minor in anthropology.
“I’m taking a look at totally different applications in public administration, nonprofit administration, … anthropology,” she advised Instances of San Diego. She’s contemplating returning to San Diego State, but in addition taking a look at applications at College of San Diego and UC Irvine.
“I’ve not utilized,” she mentioned.
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