The Arrivals

Since he crossed the border from Mexico on a moonlit night in 1999, Marco has climbed higher and higher. He’s worked his way up from fast food cook to industrial quality control to apprenticing for design engineers. He graduated from McKinney High School. He earned an Associates Degree at Collin County Community College. He took classes at the University of Texas at Dallas.

He’s always dreamed of being a doctor. But without a work permit or a Social Security number, Marco wouldn’t be able to use a medical degree to get a job. He’s decided to change the system that stands in the way of his dreams.

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The Arrivals

G. Morty Ortega Plus

This multimedia journalism project covers the lives of undocumented youth and the impact of the Deferred Action immigration policy on their lives.

Co-produced by Desiree Cousineau, Samantha Guzman and Morty Ortega, graduate students at the University of North Texas.

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