Students’ Testimonies

Students’ Testimonies

Testimony Provided by DREAMers at a Briefing for Congressional Staff
(Friday, Oct. 23, 2009)

Testimony of Herta Llusho

In mid-July of 2009, Herta received a notice from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to pack all her belongings and leave the country by August 19, 2009. A few days later, Herta’s attorney submitted a request for deferred actiont. The request included letters from Senator Levin, Representative Kilpatrick, the president of her university, her pastor, educators and friends. Despite the amazing support received from her community, the deferred action request was denied. She now finds herself in legal limbo. Herta is currently studying electrical engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), but she is due to report back to the DHS office on November 9. Herta ended her testimony by saying, “I do not know exactly when I will be deported, but I do know that unless action is taken, I will be sent back to a country that has become a foreign place to me.”

Testimony of Noe Guzman

Noe was recruited by the Marine Corps, which was impressed when he broke her school’s pull-ups record.  Noe also scored well on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (A.S.V.A.B.), the entrance test to enlist in the U.S. military.  When he showed up to take the physical exam, he was ankle-shackled, and detained.  After a long and arduous process and an outpouring of support from most of the residents in his 1,800-person community, the judge in his case decided to stay his deportation.  However, Noe remains undocumented, unable to get a license and to work.  Noe’s commitment to serve has not been diminished.  He stated, “I was willing to fight and die for this country.  Hopefully, through DREAM Act, I can still have that opportunity.”

Testimony of DREAM Students before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, May 18, 2007

WATCH THE HEARING (on RealPlayer — click on the link).

Or read their testimonies:

  • Marie Nazareth Gonzalez, Westminster College, Class of 2009 (PDF)
  • Martine Mwanj Kalaw, Hamilton College, Class of 2003; The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Class of 2004 (PDF)
  • Tam Tran, University of California, Los Angeles, Class of 2006 (PDF)