DACA Beneficiary Uses Art to Advocate for Immigrant Community in Pennsylvania
Jonathan Almanza is a DACA beneficiary from Pennsylvania who uses art to advocate for immigrant youth all across the country. Like countless undocumented immigrants living in the United States, Jonathan has not seen his family since he arrived to the United States. His story, published below, was shared via the inVisible Americans project:
I came to this country when I was 13, but I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. As a DREAMer, it is hard. I haven’t seen my parents or siblings since I came here; my brother was 1 when I left, he is 11 now. I paint to send a message, if we don’t take this step forward who else will? In this painting, I used the Mayan symbol for “Zero,” placed to the right as to have value in a decimal number. I use it to symbolize DREAMers’ value in society and our potential. Our future is still uncertain, but DACA was the first step for a better future for undocumented immigrants like me.