The Ornela Family

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The Ornela family (some names have been changed) sat down in Pullen Park to talk about their experiences. Self-described as the “Three Musketeers,” mother Muriel and daughters Dani and Nora have seen each other through thick and thin, relying on each other through a relocation from New Jersey to North Carolina—Dani and Nora’s father stayed in New Jersey for work—and even the occasional car trouble. Nora is currently a community college student and artist, and Dani is a recent applicant to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Although their lives in North Carolina feel relatively safe and offer some educational opportunities, as an undocumented resident, Muriel often has to rely on her daughters for mundane tasks. Nora was born in the United States and is a citizen.