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Transplanted

March 18, 2011

My name is Daniel.  I am a transplanted student living in Phoenix, Arizona.  I say transplanted because I am like a plant shining in the hot desert summer.  I have been placed in one spot but my long brown roots are in many places.

I have roots in Toltec, in the fertile land of my ancestors.

I have roots in Monterrey, where I was born north of the Santa Catarina, which like justice is always flowing if not always visible.

I have roots in the transcontinental tracks of Sacramento, California that made it possible for the United States to become an industrial powerhouse.

I have roots in the fields of Oregon where farmhands made it possible for the United States to win World War II.

My roots are strong and form a network where art, science, and stories coexist to generate a multidisciplinary conscious that keeps alive the spirit of Student Resistance.

I need to have long roots if I want to survive in this desert.  I must remember my roots lest I dry and wither away.  I say transplanted because I am unafraid to say I am not undocumented.

I am documented in the Honor Roll certificates given to me for excellence in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic in elementary school.

I am documented in the diploma I received upon graduating from high school, and the dozens of merit-based scholarships I received to continue my education.

I am documented in my English Literature and Political Science Degree.

I am documented in the law school education I’ve received thus far.

I have my papers.

My name is Daniel. I am a transplanted student living in Phoenix, Arizona.  I have the love of a family that works with dignity.  I am human.  I can do more.  I have the power of immigrant youth that will not live in fear.  I am a student.  I have the strength of the past, the anger of the present, and the vision of the future.