Decisively human and apolitical, the For Senator Graham series presents interviews with Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients living in South Carolina. These urgent testimonies are a plea for reason, offering a glimpse into the experiences of undocumented youth.
The promises of the American Dream are center-stage in this portrait of young migrant women striving to secure better opportunities for themselves. We are exposed to the realities of Rosa and Karina, two Hondurans who fled their native country as little girls to start over again in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, Karina is a single working mom and Rosa is a young professional in the legal system, dedicated to supporting her immigrant community. With these testimonies we learn how the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival (DACA) program has been beneficial to their livelihood, their emotional well-being and eased their integration by allowing them to sustain themselves financially and improve the communities where they live.
For Senator Graham was provided to Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin to assist them with garnering support and votes for the BRIDGE act, bipartisan legislation that would allow individuals who are eligible— along with those who have already received relief under DACA program—to remain in the United States without the daily threat of deportation.
This piece was produced in collaboration with Indie Grits Labs and the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center.