‘La Lucha – A Family’s Story of Migration’ is the story of one family’s fight for love and justice. The video documents a family in danger of being separated by unjust immigration laws. The family includes Edgar, a hardworking son, and Maria, a determined mother, who struggle to sustain their family with a hardware store in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Like many undocumented families, they battle critical health problems and financial hardship as they wait for implementation of DAPA — an immigration relief program held up in courts — that would allow Maria and Edgar’s father to live without fear of deportation, get a driver’s license and obtain other benefits. Edgar, however, is ineligible for any relief program. The family finds meaning in joining Make the Road New York, a local community group that brings together neighborhood residents to advocate for immigrants rights — including a path to citizenship for all.
The release comes on the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of the new immigration relief program, DAPA, that would help keep this hardworking family together. DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, has been held up by politically motivated legal challenges. DAPA would help millions of immigrant families across the US if it is implemented, but chances of implementation will diminish dramatically after 2016.