SANTA ANA, Calif. – She was born in Irapuato, Mexico, a region famous for strawberries.
That's why 26-year-old Diana Escamilla has a tattoo of a strawberry on her shoulder.
Escamilla is politically active. She spends a lot of her time organizing and demonstrating. Right now her future is totally up in the air.
“This is home. This is all I know. This is where I feel safe and where my roots are at and where I want to stay,” said Escamilla.
Escamilla came to America when she was two-and-a-half years old. She’s never been back to Mexico.
She is a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA saved her from deportation. It also allowed her to get a job, make money, and leave an abusive relationship.
“It’s completely given me the ability to not worry how I’m going to move forward,” said Escamilla.
Escamilla is the only one left undocumented in her family. Both her younger siblings were born in the United States.
It’s a relief to know her family is taken care of, but this means she’s the only one of them personally tied to whatever the Supreme Court decides. Earlier this year, Escamilla got to meet with some of the lawyers who will argue in favor of DACA.
On Tuesday, November 12 justices are scheduled to hear arguments about DACA’s legality and whether the Trump administration ended the program appropriately.
“I feel hopeful that we’re going to have a good outcome. There’s many, many possibilities to how the Supreme Court could rule,” said Escamilla.
Based on data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the majority of DACA recipients are from Mexico. Of all the states California has the most people protected by DACA and the Los Angeles area has more than 82,000 DACA recipients.
Southern California has arguably the most riding on what happens at the Supreme Court.
“We’re all going to come out of this stronger and this isn’t the end. We had a life before DACA and we’re going to move forward regardless of DACA,” said Escamilla.
Escamilla has a small triangular tattoo on her wrist. She views it as a symbol for change, which could be coming very soon.