Frisly and girlfriend Tiffany began dating their sophomore year of high school. At the time he was not comfortable sharing his undocumented status with friends. “I never saw her say anything bad about it but you have this feeling that just because you’re undocumented you’re hated.” It was a real challenge to reveal to Tiffany that he was not getting a license or going on big trips due to his citizenship. Eventually he did tell her, and explained to her the impediments that not being born in this country presented to him including much limited job prospects, no access to financial aid for school and bleak prospects of ever becoming a legal citizen.
October 8, 2012
The New York Times, Lens blog
Mimi Schiffman, 2012 EF Fellow, was featured in the LENS blog, “A Young Immigrant Struggles for a College Education.” Schiffman followed Frisly Soberanis, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, through the final weeks of high school.