The students — all members of Atlanta-based Freedom University, a private, tuition-free school that helps people without legal status prepare for higher education — shared their emotional stories at Smith College Thursday evening. Despite a surprisingly heavy snowfall that blanketed the campus in the afternoon, dozens of Smith students and others filed into an auditorium to hear the Freedom University representatives' harrowing stories about their journeys to the U.S., the sacrifices they have made and relatives who have been deported.
“I was born in Mexico and I don’t know a single thing about that country. I came here when I was 1 ½ years old. All my memories are in Georgia,” said Britney Acevedo, 17, a Roswell High School senior who has been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “Students in Georgia who are undocumented don’t know about the policies yet, until it’s their turn… to find out that maybe your dreams won’t be accomplished.”