DACA ‘dreamer’ and her former teacher share emotional story of how their paths crossed

DACA ‘dreamer’ and her former teacher share emotional story of how their paths crossed

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is back in the news this week as the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments for terminating the Obama-era program.

DACA protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation who arrived here as children. But the fates of those so-called “dreamers” are uncertain as the current administration works to end the program.

88Nine hosted a Community Stories live event at No Studios, in partnership with Ex Fabula, on Nov. 5. Photo credit: Erin Bagatta.

With this topic as a backdrop, 88Nine recently hosted an event at No Studios, in partnership with Ex Fabula, called “Coming To Milwaukee: Immigrations Stories.” The program featured personal storytelling from a diverse array of Milwaukee residents, with an equally diverse range of immigration statuses.

Arleth Villagran (left) and Michelle Streed take share personal stories on stage. Photo credit: Erin Bagatta.

One of the speakers was Arleth Villagran. She is 22 and attended a small charter high school in downtown Milwaukee. She is a “dreamer” and took the stage alongside her former high school teacher and advisor, Michelle Streed.

Hear their story, unedited, below.

Arleth Villagran and Michelle Steed take the Ex Fabula stage together.
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