“He was a junior in high school. His economics teacher had planned a trip to Hawai’i for an academic decathlon. In order to go, Bailón had to fill out a form. In order to fill out the form, he needed a social security number. He didn’t have one. “I realized at that moment that I was not going to be able to be part of the program and that there was going to be more barriers to come,” he recalls. It made him feel like he was the only person who was facing those kinds of problems. “I just kind of shut down,” Bailón says. But a couple of years later, a law passed by President Barack Obama — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — helped Bailón stay in the US. “
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