Similar to many New Yorkers, Carlos Vargas attended kindergarten through college in New York City.
Similar to very few, he worked on a mobile app with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
And similar to a small percentage, he relies on temporary, two-year government immigration renewals to remain in the nation where he has lived since he was five years old.
In this land of opportunity, Carlos has come a long way. His widowed mother cleaned houses, babysat and collected cans to support him and his four siblings. To help out, Carlos began at age 13 washing dishes daily at an Italian restaurant near his home while discovering his passion for computers and eventually putting himself through college.
He qualified for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals available to some children brought to the United States by parents who lacked legal immigration status. After receiving DACA legal immigration status two years ago that includes two years of work authorization in the U.S., he came to Catholic Charities to apply for mandatory renewal to avoid to Mexico, a land he barely remembers.
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