Hundreds of students from different colleges across the country live in fear every day of being arrested on graduation day. The reason why is because of their immigration status. But over the last two years, many of these students have faced their fears and have gathered outside the White House demanding to be heard.
One of these students that have now spoken out is Renata Teodoro, who is 22 years old and is studying at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She told the Washington Post
"I'm not going to lie and say I'm not afraid that someone will come and try to arrest me, but I cannot let fear take over my life."
Renata's parents were deported to Brazil a few years ago. And like many other young people who have been preparing and studying in the United States and for some reason have not been able to resolve their immigration status. She is finding herself in that same situation.
"The only way people will know my situation is by me telling my story." Teodoro said.
The reasons of why these types of actions are being executed by immigration authorities are unknown at the moment. Meanwhile through social networks this image of a young woman being arrested with her cap and gown has started to circulate around the world, which has had comments as being shameful and outrageous of what is happening in the "land of the free."
Fearing for their freedom, place where they call home and even their lives. Students who find themselves in this situation are not only from colleges, but also have been reported to be high school students who in one of the most important days of their life, find this unpleasant surprise.