Media attention has begun to focus on the plight of 22-year-old Daniela Vargas, a DACA recipient who on Wednesday was detained by ICE in Jackson, Mississippi, after she spoke to the press about her family’s detention. According to her lawyer, Vargas, who came to this country from Argentina when she was seven years old, is facing deportation. A story published on Thursday by the HuffPost shared a statement from Vargas about her situation. This is the statement:
I don’t understand why they don’t want me. I’m doing the best I can. I mean I can’t help that I was brought here but I don’t know anything else besides being here and I didn’t realize that until I was in a holding cell last night for 5 hours. I was brought here. I didn’t choose to be here. And when I was brought here, I had to learn a whole new country and leave behind the one that I did know. And I barely knew that one. I feel, I strongly feel that I belong here and I strongly feel that I should be given a chance to be here and do something good and work in this economy. There’s so much that I can bring to the table, so much, like I can even teach music, I’m an excellent trumpet player you can ask my mom about any of that. I’m great with math, I speak Spanish. You know, there’s a lot of stuff that I can do for this country that they’re not allowing me to do. I’ve even tried to join the military, and I can’t do that. But, I mean that’s not the point, the whole point is that I would do anything for this country.