DACA Student and SIU-C Graduate Has High Hopes

Dec 14, 2018

One of the nearly 13-hundred candidates to graduate from SIU-Carbondale December 15 believes he has an exciting, if somewhat, uncertain future.

Giovanni Galindo moved to the U.S. from Mexico with his family at the age of six. Now, the 21-year-old is ready to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Cinematography.

Galindo is in the process of renewing his DACA protection, which expires in February. WSIU spoke with Galindo in September 2017 when President Trump announced he was ending the program. He said it's important for people to know the story of DACA students.
"We really are part of this society and we contribute to it. So, hopefully as we keep speaking on it, people will understand that we really are good people that don't want anything but to chase the American dream and contribute to this society."

Galindo said considers himself an American. But, he'd like to visit Mexico someday to work on his craft.

"I would love to actually go down there and work with filmmakers down there and see how they do things because obviously Hollywood is a little different than production companies in Mexico."

Galindo plans to move to Burbank, California to pursue a career in screenwriting and filmmaking.