DACA Dreamers – my family story

Liz Perez

My dad, Jose Louis Perez, was the youngest of 10 children. He was born in Mexico.

In the early 60’s, his parents decided that life in Mexico didn’t present the opportunities that America did. It was at that time my grandparents decided to come to America.

My father did not have a vote in that decision.

Instead, he found himself living in a new home in South Central Los Angeles. He told me that his parents were looking for the most affordable place to live in LA, but that affordability came at a price. Not too long after they arrived, the family found themselves in the middle of one of America’s worst riots, the Watts Riots. This, along with the “Million Man March” and growing up during the Civil Rights era, forever left an impression on...

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