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A last-minute push to the polls ahead of the 2017 election

By Alejandro A. Fuentes Mena

Originally published by The Denver Post

One of the reasons I’m writing this piece comes from my personal background. I came to the United States at the age of 4 on a temporary visa that expired soon after my arrival, causing me to become undocumented.

Since my family and I did not have Social Security numbers, we struggled financially for many years. I grew up attending neighborhood public schools that lack resources like school materials, books, and quality curriculums.

I escaped from my neighborhood public school and attended a charter school an hour north. It was only in this place that I found the necessary resources and individuals to help me to become a motivated student, and eventually was able to break free from the clutches of poverty. Soon after, I qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and I was able to become one of the first “DACAmented” teachers in the nation.

Looking back, the fact that I was able to receive a quality education while so many other students of color are not granted the same opportunity is unacceptable.

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