RECORD-JOURNAL (MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT) -- Quinnipiac University School of Law graduate Denia Perez became the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient to be admitted to the Connecticut Bar in a swearing in ceremony late last week.
Perez came to the United States from Mexico when she was 11 months old. Her family lived in San Francisco, and when she was 8 they moved to Santa Rosa, California. Perez graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in women’s and gender studies the year DACA went into effect, when she was 21. Under DACA, eligible adults who were brought to the U.S. as children can receive a two-year deferment from deportation and an Employment Authorization Document.