Living in Purgatory

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Purgatory in accordance with catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.

That's what life feels like everyday when you're an undocumented resident in the United States. I started writing about my life experiences over at my personal blog as a way to vent my frustrations and to inform other's about the trials and tribulations that come with being an undocumented resident. Over time, my writing turned into a crusade to raise awareness about immigration in the U.S., legislation bills, unfair and unjust laws, current events and of course personal experiences. Over time I found out that I wasn't alone in my struggle to adjust my resident status and in my struggle to help fight the injustices committed against undocumented residents all over the U.S. To date, the Federal DREAM Act is the only hope I and thousands of undocumented students have to legally integrate into the U.S. Ever since I first heard of the DREAM Act I have written blog post and stories at my college newspaper stressing the importance of it and the need for it. Through my writing I've come to realize that it's only when a face is put behind the problem do people actually take notice and stop and at the very least listen to what is said. My intention is to help inform and educate other's in the tribulations that I personally struggle with on a daily basis as an undocumented resident. Topics from school, relationships and how I'm able to thrive underground are some of the topics I'll be discussing.   I can even answer specific questions anyone might have about issues concerning things like drivers licenses, how I'm able to attend school or any other questions that might come up. Even though I cannot put my personal identity behind this cause because of the type of society we live in, I doesn't take away from what I'm trying to do for the cause. I'm just a person, but I am one of the thousands out there who are fighting the good fight and trying to play by the rules.    

El Random Hero

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janna said:

Welcome aboard Hero! I look forward to reading your stories. I'm also a firm believer in the need to personalize the struggle to get people to take notice and tap into their ability to feel compassion. I think most people would support the DREAM Act if they knew more about the limitations undocumented students face.

Maria M. left the following comment on my blog, and I wanted to post it here too to help spread the word:

My name is Maria and I'm part of a group of student activists working towards the passage of the DREAM Act ( I wanted to make you aware of an idea being discussed and voted on over at regarding this important issue. The link is

We currently have over 1300 votes and are one of the top 3 ideas on the whole website. However, the second round of voting begins in January 5th and the top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama administration and will have a lot of publicity, something we desperately need. I urge you to register (it only takes a couple of minutes) and vote for this idea and put a widget of it on your blog to make others aware of this important cause. Also, please vote for the other immigration ideas on the top 3 list to make sure they make it to the second round.

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