My name is Esteban. I am a student, a traveling musician, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend and above all, a hard working immigrant. I came to the US a little over 20 years ago as a toddler and grew up unaware of my status until after high school. Since then, I have fought an uphill battle working under the table to pay for college until the recent president aided me with Deferred Action which allows me to work jobs I couldn’t apply to before and furthermore, it also protects me from deportation. The last 4 years I’ve worked in many jobs and received opportunities for financial relief from universities and junior colleges. I have also travelled this country and played music with my best friends unafraid of being undocumented. Now since the trump administration started focusing on repealing DACA, I got my 3rd deferred action renewal denied because my experation deadline exceeds the date required by the administration to qualify for renewal.
Here is where I humbly ask for help. I have decided to apply for residency but I lack sufficient enough funds to start my application. I currently work two part time jobs and I am also a full time student at CSULA. I barely make enough to cover living expenses, rent, etc. and the clock is ticking for me until my DACA expires and I lose my right to work or even stay here.
I may or may not know you directly but I will greatly appreciate you and your effort to make my life better. I am not asking to dig deep nor to pay for my entire process but I need help to start my path towards residency.