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A DACA recipient’s monologue on the trials of living undocumented – until everything changed

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Courtesy Motus Theater
New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof, who read Reydesel Salvidrez-Rodríguez’s monologue “I Was Made for the Light.”

As the 10th anniversary of the federal program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals approaches, we're sharing monologues from DACA recipients. The program gave children -- brought to the U.S. from other countries -- temporary protection from deportation and it made them eligible for college and jobs.

The monologues are compiled in the podcast, "UndocuAmerica Series" from Boulder-based MOTUS Theater.

Reydesel Salvidrez-Rodríguez, who is legally deaf, writes about his life before DACA and his despair at not being able to attend college. Today, Reydesel is a college graduate and is getting his Master’s degree in higher education. His story is read by the New York Times award-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof.