The Urban Review

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 627–647 | Cite as

“The Day That Changed My Life, Again”: The Testimonio of a Latino DACAmented Teacher

  • Luis Enrique Juárez Treviño
  • José García
  • Eric Ruíz Bybee


This article, based on the testimonio of a Latino DACAmented teacher, underscores the impacts and benefits of immigration policies for individuals and their communities. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has benefitted about 750,000 people; most have used the benefits to pursue higher education and to enter public service careers, including teaching and nursing. Mr. Juárez’s testimonio walks us through his educational trajectory and current role as an educator. This testimonio contributes to current debates and struggles demanding the new U.S. presidential administration to maintain DACA. As researchers, we urge students, educators, policymakers, and the incoming administration to listen to the testimonios of DACA beneficiaries prior to making hasty decisions that will have dire consequences for individuals, families, and the nation, as a whole.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Enrique Juárez Treviño
    • 1
  • José García
    • 2
  • Eric Ruíz Bybee
    • 3
  1. 1.Dallas Independent School DistrictDallasUSA
  2. 2.School of Education at California State University Channel IslandsCamarilloUSA
  3. 3.Department of Teacher Education in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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