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DACA activist who worked for Trump

Ricardo Aca, a DACA recipient, worked in a Trump property. Now, he wants to change the narrative about DREAMers.

Asking for a more permanent solution to immigration

In 2015, Ricardo Aca decided to come out of the shadow and share his story as an undocumented worker at a hotel owned by Donald Trump in New York City. Aca is one of over 700,000 DACA recipients awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision to terminate the DACA program. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was introduced in 2012 by President Obama. It protects people who were brought into the U.S. as children, from deportation and provides them with work permits.

“Super important to undo all of the damage that President Trump has done”

“If we were able to share the stories of each and every single person that is undocumented, then people will be able to see that we're just like anybody else. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. Personally, being a Mexican immigrant and also working at a hotel at a restaurant that was located in one of his hotels, I felt really offended because this is not who I was. I felt like I needed to come out of the shadows. I felt like I needed to respond, and I needed to say something. I was able to kind of show my story from the perspective of like, I'm just like an American person, like anybody else, like I am here because I want to be able to have better opportunities because I want to be able to go to college. I want to be able to have a better job. I want to be able to fulfill the dreams and my want that my parents wanted me to fulfill. But I work really hard for them and I'm not really taking anything from anybody”, Ricardo Aca tells Brut.

11 million undocumented immigrants

Now a fierce advocate for immigrants’ rights, Aca hopes to change the "perfect" narrative around DACA recipients – who are often referred to as DREAMers

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01/11/2020 10:57 AM
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44 comments

  • Eugene K.
    a day

    I think DACA is racist there's no Italians on DACA there are no Russians on DACA there's no Africans on a DACA it's only for Spanish people

  • Kat E.
    a day

    NO ILLEGALS

  • Kat E.
    a day

    If you want to be in our country do the paper work and be here legally ,if your an illegal you dont belong in the USA

  • BuddyandBecky S.
    a day

    If you want to be here come here legally you're still carrying the Mexican flag colors that's not our colors it's the red white and blue leave our country and come back legally that's all

  • Yaya P.
    2 days

    Sad that he is so racist and dumb

  • Robert J.
    2 days

    crybaby

  • Iya I.
    3 days

    Ode ni e o........

  • Emilio M.
    3 days

    I support and will vote to make sure they are protected. No more Trump or anyone who won't support the Dreamers or DACA or 1 million people who are trying to get there legal status complete.

  • Heidi G.
    3 days

    11 million people can make a change... a big one. So go make your dreams come true go home and make it what you want it to be. Come together and take back your home. Don’t like what’s happening in your country then stand up together. Yes people will die doing it. This country lost people to become what we are that’s what happens when you take back your rights. You can do it but not if you just run away. There really is only a small amount that truly need to flee. Stop running and stand up for your home together you can do it.

  • Roy M.
    4 days

    If you were working why did you come here

  • Roy M.
    4 days

    AND you will suplament your income selling drugs and stealing cars and robbing the white people

  • Freddy D.
    4 days

    I mean I dont understand what you want from us? We could give 2 shts about you guys really we don't. It's your parents fault your here illegally blame them. Dont blame a country or the president. He has to follow the laws established which he is unlike your parents that put your life in jeopardy when they illegally brought you here..

  • Hipolito R.
    4 days

    When U.S. citizens vote for Donald liar liar Trump. They vote for more hate. More cheaters politians. More crooked president. More lies to the American people. More national debt etc etc...

  • Hipolito R.
    4 days

    Donald liar liar cheater Trump can fool a lot of idiots but can't fool all of the people...citizenship for DACA recipients now!!

  • Obi N.
    6 days

    This is a messy situation....

  • Jimmy S.
    6 days

    Brut seems to support everything that is anti-American.

  • Shanta B.
    6 days

    I came legally!i have a job i toed the line to become a citizen and what about you?

  • Nayden K.
    7 days

    We cannot do anything ,we need to follow the law of the United States of America ..

  • Heath D.
    01/18/2020 23:59

    These people have been hear 20 to 30 years. It doesn't take that long to gain citizenship.

  • Heath D.
    01/18/2020 23:57

    Didn't the President put out a deal to help DACA and the Democrats voted against it? Yes.....yes they did. Remember DACA people, the Democrats do not want you to be helped because they will lose a talking point to get votes. Democrats USE you for power.