Norma Ramirez, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate at the Fuller School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. She is also a plaintiff in the California lawsuit, which was heard by the Supreme Court on November 12, 2019. You can follow her on Twitter @Norma_LRM.

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Awaiting a DACA Decision Amid COVID-19: Fighting for Human Connection

by Norma Ramirez 04-16-2020

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I have been called “illegal” most of my life. Coming to the United States without legal authorization somehow made me “illegal,” less than, and undeserving of basic human rights. To cope with it, I bought into the lie of merit: If I simply worked hard enough and did all the “right” things, I would become worthy. I always strived to be “good” — to not break any laws and to focus on school. But still — my worthiness never came.