To: Kentucky legislators

Kentucky DREAMer: Maria Karen Lopez

We come together as neighbors in Kentucky with a unified voice to call urgently for compassionate and just immigration reform legislation.

Why is this important?

My name is Maria Karen, I have lived in Kentucky since I was 11 years old with my family.

I come from a very large, Mexican family that enjoys getting together every weekend. On Sundays I drive from Louisville to Mt. Sterling (2hours) to attend church with everyone; and enjoy a delicious meal afterwards. Since I have been doing my studies at the University, it was not until Obama issued Deferred Action where I was permitted to get get a driver's license to drive freely without the fear of getting pulled over.

With this immigration reform my parents could have this same peace of mind when they drive. Furthermore, we would all be able to go back to Mexico to visit family members who we have not seen in more than 18 years.

Today, I am part of a movement made of DREAMers, undocumented families in Kentucky and across the country, and allies – all committed to compassionate and just immigration reform. We stand together as Americans, as neighbors, as brothers and sisters. The time is now!
Louisville, KY

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