Last week, 127 LGBT organizations and allied groups, including ours, demanded that Congress pass a clean Dream Act before the end of this year. The lives and livelihoods of an estimated 800,000 people, including over 36,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, depend on Congress acting now. One of the 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries fighting for a clean Dream Act is 23-year-old Sheridan Aguirre of United We Dream. Aguirre was just a year old when his mother brought him to the U.S. from his birthplace in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. While in high school, Aguirre said, he struggled with depression — knowing that after he turned 18 he would be criminalized if he chose to continue living in the country he thought of as home. However, in June 2012, a day after Aguirre’s 18th birthday, DACA was announced — and his life changed forever. He could work, buy a car, rent an apartment, pay his college expenses, get a credit card, and support his family.
December 11 / The Advocate