About My State of the Union Guest: Mayra Rubio Limon
My name is Mayra Guadalupe Rubio Limon and I am a dreamer. I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) and migrated to the United States with my parents and brother when I was just 3 months old. Growing up I thought I was just like the rest of my classmates. Unaware of my undocumented status in this country, I worked hard to try and do well in school so that eventually I could get into a good college.
It wasn't until my sophomore year of high school I learned what it meant to be “undocumented”. My mother explained to me that because of my legal status I wasn't entitled to the same benefits a U.S. resident or citizen enjoys. I was crushed and began not caring about my studies, skipping classes and becoming self-destructive. As my friends commenced the college entrance process my senior year, I felt angry and discouraged. I had grown up thinking the United States was my home, but with no hope of college or a better life, I no longer felt I belonged here.
I began working the fields with my dad, picking and packing avocados. One day, as I stood in the hot sun, I realized I didn't want this to be my future – I didn't go to school to end up here. My parents sacrificed everything they had to come to an unknown land, to provide a better life for my brother and me so that we wouldn't have to endure the hard life of a migrant farm worker.
Soon after this realization, I joined S.W.E.R (Students Working for Equal Rights) - an organization that fights for equality- and got involved in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) movement. Before I knew it, I became the proud recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and thanks to an instate tuition waiver through Miami Dade College, I am happy to say I started college this semester and am on my way to getting a Bachelors in Business.
Overall, immigration reform means everything to me and my family. I am truly excited to join Rep. Joe Garcia at the President’s State of the Union and hope that President Obama and Congress make it a priority to reform the laws that will allow people, like myself, a chance to share in the American dream.