Diego C.
Dreamer Stories • Texas → DC

Diego C.

A Texas realtor travels to D.C. to tell Congress–we need a Dream Act this year.

We Dreamers are an asset to this country, we contribute to the economy, and we just need one chance.

 

 

One of the unique things I bring to my work is helping with millennials and young people. I feel like there is a connection between us. I’ve been in real estate for four years and I also own some properties, so I am able to give them all of my expertise and guide them through the entire process.

The best thing about my job is when they walk into the home that is their dream house and their eyes light up. And then seeing them be happy once they’re able to buy the perfect house.

Also, the transaction side of that sale stimulates the economy for many people. There’s a lot of parties involved: lenders, title companies, inspectors.

I am just one story and there’s 800,000 like me who have bought homes, bought cars, and are stimulating the economy.

Back when I didn’t have DACA, I remember one time I went to a nonprofit to volunteer. I remember I had to ride my bike there. And I had to not only go in there with a suit but I also had to look presentable. I rode in the hot sun with all the heat in Florida and I rode to the back. I had a towel and my suit in my backpack. I dried off, I put on the suit, and then I had to go back to the front to go in and do my job.

When they announced DACA, and that the program would allow me to work and drive, that was the point that gave me happiness and gave me freedom to be able to do what I really wanted to do. And now that DACA is ending, it’s going to bring me back to that place where I cannot give everything I have to give 100%.

I am just one story and there’s 800,000 like me who have bought homes, bought cars, and are stimulating the economy. If you take us out of this country, there’s going to be a 500 million dollar cut to the economy.

If I am able to achieve what I have now just through DACA giving me the opportunity to work and drive, don’t let me stop. Don’t let the other 800,000 stop.

We Dreamers are an asset to this country, we contribute to the economy, and we just need one chance.