Delray Beach, FL – The term “DREAMers” is consistently in the news, referring to young men and women brought to the United States illegally by their parents when they were children or teenagers.
The issue of immigration is fraught with politics and bureaucracy designed to overwhelm would-be Americans and DREAMers, but there are individuals willing to help those in need. Rosena Michel is one such person. Rosena welcomes immigrants from everywhere and works with them to navigate the immigration process. She also educates then about the day to day immigration changes.
“I don’t work with immigration, I work with immigrants,” says Rosena. “I work for you.”
Rosena left Haiti in 1992 when she was only 15.
While in high school, Rosena learned she could not get a job without documentation. She also discovered she would be deported if she didn’t have papers. She needed to know what exactly she needed and what the criminal charges would be, so I started volunteering around the police station, and after school she would go work with Catholic Charities.
“When I started with Catholic Charity, there were a lot of immigrants that were coming in,” says Rosena
“I decided to look over the Haitian community's shoulder for a minute because there's a lot of parents that are suffering. If you have the experience, and you have the training, and know what to put together to take it to USCIS or take it to the judge, you can help people.
“The work I do in the immigrant community I do so I can see the smile, not only of the parents, but on the kids' faces,” says Rosena. “I say, ‘Do you know what's going on.’ They say, ‘Yes, we do. You're helping my parents to stay in the country.’