Siblings Joel and Ruth Rivera are three years apart, but so close they joke about being twins. They consider each other best friends and even attend Metropolitan State University of Denver together. But one major difference — in the form of federal paperwork — divides the undocumented duo, affording 22-year-old Ruth more opportunities and less stress than her 19-year-old brother. Ruth is one of the more than 18,000 Colorado recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since 2012. Joel only aspires to be.“It would definitely give me a lot more confidence,” Joel said. “It would boost my self-esteem. Being undocumented kind of feels like you know you’re different from other people. You feel below them. You feel nervous.” Joel came of age to apply for DACA — which provides deportation protections and work authorization for people who came to the United States illegally as children and have since passed a background check and paid fees — as rumors swirled in the immigrant community that the Trump administration might deport applicants. He held off on applying out of fear of being ripped from his family and sent back to Mexico — a country he left when he was so… Read full this story
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