TTU student and DACA Dreamer recognized on Senate floor

TTU student and DACA Dreamer recognized on Senate floor

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Saba Nafees was born in Pakistan and brought to the U.S. by her parents when she was 11-years-old. She is just one of the thousands of immigrants who applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy when it was first introduced during the Obama administration. 

Last week, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois shared Nafees' story on the floor. She was the 108th story he has shared. 

"I don't agree with the senator in the terms of a few points he made," Nafees said. "He said there's not a lazy bone in this young lady. He's incorrect about that." 

She graduated from Texas Tech Honors College with a math degree and is now a PhD candidate for mathematical biology. While her studies keep her busy, she said she still finds time to advocate. 

"Our efforts have been good, successful in the sense that we've been able to share our stories," Nafees said. "We've been able to make a visible presence, strong visible presence on the Hill the last few months but we really haven't reaped the benefit of any of that yet because nothing has come forward."

Nafees said while many students and faculty are responding to her story well, she still gets negative backlash. She is hopeful the more she shares, the more minds are changed.

"There's not many people out here that are outspoken and who will go out there and say 'I'm a DACA recipient, I'm a dreamer and this is my story,'" Nafees said. "Unfortunately, there's just not much of that so people here don't get influenced by that at all what so ever so they really don't get the chance to learn and I think that's what's stopping them from being more open." 

Nafees said it is a waiting game now to see if Congress will pass a deal before the March 5th deadline, or if the program will be terminated. 

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