Meet Aldo: A Young Adult DACA Recipient Shares His Story


Recently Aldo, a young adult who is a recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), spoke with the North Georgia Conference cabinet. He shared a little of his story with

By Sybil Davidson

Talk to North Georgia United Methodists who know Aldo, and you hear the same sentiment: he is an impressive young man.

He’s a university student with a major in physics. He travels nearly an hour each way to campus, where he’s part of the college community.

He’s interested in history, politics, public speaking, and after turning in a 27-page paper for a class recently, he realized he really enjoys writing.

In addition to being a full-time student, he works full-time at a distribution center. He has a rotating schedule that he likes.

He’s 22 years old and has lived in the same home here in Georgia for 18 years.

Thanks to DACA, a program established to allow some young people who entered the United States as minors to remain in the country legally, he’s able to work and to go to college. (Although he does pay out-of-state tuition.)

Robert Foster, a member of the North Georgia Conference’s Undocumented Partnership Task Force, met Aldo at an event at a United Methodist Church and immediately connected. He mentored his young friend for a time and now keeps up with him despite Aldo’s busy schedule.

Aldo has been told his immigration story, but he came to the U.S. before he can remember.

“My family is Catholic, but for a time I lost faith,” he admitted. But he’s come to believe that faith isn’t just how often you go to church, it’s how you spend your life following Christ. He holds himself to those standards.

Right now, DACA is slated to be rescinded in two years, and for a person whose nature is to plan ahead (he likes to set goals for what he’ll accomplish in one year, in two years, in five years, etc), he is concerned.

“I’ve always had a cheerful personality and optimistic outlook,” he said. “Whatever comes, I know I’ll work through it.”

But sometimes the stress is overwhelming.

“I don’t know that in two years I’ll be safe,” he said. 

He’s concerned about completing his education. He’s worried about employment.

Despite that, he’s still hopeful and keeps his cheerful disposition. He said he can sum it up with a quote from Bruce Lee:

“I don’t pray for an easy life. I pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Read a message from Bishop Sue on Caring for DACA Recipients