Jose Munoz moved to the U.S. — while he was still in diapers — with his parents in the 1980s, but the family overstayed their visas and became undocumented residents, reports The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
That meant Jose would have trouble getting a job after he left his parents. He graduated high school with honors but skipped going to college because he thought he couldn’t get a good job due to his illegal status, Jose told the Journal Sentinel. Instead, he helped out around the house by cutting grass and shoveling snow.
Jose’s future was changed, though, when the administration announced that undocumented people who were brought here by their parents could apply for residency under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act. This allows Jose to get a renewable two-year residency permit.
However, Jose had to prove he’d been resident continuously in the U.S. since 2007. He did that through his Xbox Live account, and the records it kept of his address and online activities from before 2007, the Journal Sentinel reports. Two months later, the government approved his application. Now Jose is building a life for himself.
“I work seven days a week, but that’s OK because I’m saving money to go to school and help my family,” he said.