Photo and interview by Kerry Sherck
When I see they’re building stuff like roads, bridges, houses, and buildings, I want to be there doing construction. I’m studying engineering and I want to be a civil engineer.
I’m the first generation in my family that’s going to college. My siblings want to follow that path. Sometimes they say to me, “You’re an inspiration.” That’s something that I’m proud of, because they want to be something in the future. I think I’m going in the right direction, but, you know, there’s a struggle, always. But I’ll get there. I’ve been working really hard for something better.
I was a volunteer with the New Mexico Dreamers in Action and we tried to bring the word out, to inform people about DACA and who could qualify. I was a volunteer especially because I’m an immigrant and I know there were more people like me that were going through the same struggles. I want to help my community. I think all human beings are equal and everyone deserves the same respect. Just because we have borders, I don’t think that should matter, because we all have dreams.
— Hector, 25
The New American Dreamers highlights the stories of some of the incredible Dreamers in our community. Created by photographers Sylvia Johnson and Kerry Sherck, and produced in partnership with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, The New American Dreamers is a positive reframe of who many of the immigrants living in our community are. Their stories reflect the dreams, hopes, challenges, and ambitions that are inherent to all of us as human beings. In the context of such a toxic narrative currently being perpetuated about immigrants in this country, our goal with this project is to flip the perspective through stories of incredible Dreamers who are our friends, clients, and neighbors.
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