My Turn: Who are dreamers? Arizona's only Latino governor was one

Sunday, 08 October 2017, 02:55:45 AM. There are the dreamers we hear about today in the DACA debate, and there are their predecessors, like former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro.

My Turn: There are the dreamers we hear about today in the DACA debate, and there are their predecessors, like former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro.

This is about the “dreamers” I know.

I’m talking about the young people in the news who were brought to the U.S. as children by their undocumented parents.

About 800,000 of them are living in this country temporarily shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by former President Obama in 2012.

President Trump recently overturned DACA, then tweeted that unless Congress acts to pass legislation addressing the issue by March 5, these young people will be deported.

Even though he ordered DACA shut down, Trump later proclaimed: “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!”

Yes, really?

 

It’s a question I’ve been asking for years. As a journalist, playwright and longtime advocate for dreamers, I’ve come to personally know many of these “good, educated and accomplished” young people.

Take Dulce Juarez, who earned an undergraduate and master’s degree, performed in some of my plays, and later worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona as an advocate for immigrants' rights. She is now a stay-at-home mom, a U.S. citizen who still advocates for immigrants.

There’s Antonio Valvodinos, who once tried to join the military but was rejected because he was undocumented.

Soon after, he volunteered for Team Awesome, an ad hoc grassroots voter turnout group in the West Valley whose legendary work quintupled Latino voter turnout in Phoenix City Council’s District 5 and helped elect Daniel Valenzuela that district’s first Hispanic council member. Tony, who has DACA, is now president and CEO of La Machine, which organizes political campaigns nationwide.

These are the other dreamers I know. But dreamers come in all ages.

 

my-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 1 In 1974, Raul Castro made history as the first and, to this day, the only Mexican-American to be elected as the governor of Arizona.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 2 U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Raul Castro sits in his Tucson office in 1968.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 3 Raul Castro, candidate for governor of Arizona, stands outside of campaign headquarters on Sept. 29, 1970.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 4 Gov. Castro after taking oath of office during his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 7, 1975.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 5 Gov. Raul Castro sits in his new office on Jan. 7, 1975, after his inauguration ceremony.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 6 Gov. Raul Castro gives a speech during his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 7, 1975.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 7 Gov. Raul Castro rides in an F15 Eagle plane with a pilot on July 11, 1975.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 8 Raul Castro (right) honored by the Arizona Administrators Association with former governors (from left) John "Howard" Pyle, Samuel Goddard and Ernest McFarland on June 9, 1976.  Ed Gray/The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 9 Gov. Raul Castro at home with his wife, Pat, on June 20, 1977.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 10 Raul Castro (from left) after his nomination to be ambassador of Argentina, with Rep. Morris Udall, Sen. Barry Goldwater and Sen. Dennis DeConcini on Sept. 15, 1977.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 11 Raul Castro with his grandchildren on July 6, 1978.  The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 12 Former Gov. Castro watches the impeachment hearings for then-Gov. Evan Mecham on Feb. 6, 1988.  Associated Pressmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 13 Former governors from Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, including Paul Fannin, (from bottom left), Jane Hull, Armando Lopez-Nogales, Rodolfo Felix-Valdes, Carlos Armando Biebrich (from top left), Fife Symington, Raul Castro, Samuel Ocaa and Manlio Fabio Beltrones at media photo opportunity at an Arizona-Mexico Commission luncheon in June 1999.  Jack Kurtz/The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 14 Former Arizona Governors (from left) Jack Williams, Rose Mofford, Sam Goddard, Raul Castro and Evan Mecham, in front of the state Capitol on Oct. 28, 1996.  Rob Schumacher/The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 15 Former governors Rose Mofford and Raul Castro say the pledge of allegiance during Gov. Janet Napolitano's inauguration in 2003.  Tom Tingle/The Republicmy-turn-who-are-dreamers-arizonas-only-latino-governor-was-one photo 16 Former governors Raul Castro and Rose Mofford chat before the annual State of the State address by Gov. Janet Napolitano on Jan. 9, 2006.  Tom Tingle/The Republic

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