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Ricardo Aca

Ricardo Aca was born in Puebla, Mexico. In 2005, at the age of 14, he crossed the border in Arizona with his younger sister to join their mother in Brooklyn. In 2015 a video he released in response to Donald Trump’s remarks about undocumented Mexican immigrants went viral. In the video, he defended himself and fellow undocumented immigrants against Trump’s characterization of them as “criminals” “drug dealers” and “rapists”. This had particular resonance because he was working at a restaurant in one of Trump’s hotels at the time. Through this experience Ricardo found other young people, members of Make the Road New York, organizing to change the public narrative about undocumented immigrants. He has been involved as a member of Make the Road ever since and joined staff in 2017 as a digital organizer, bringing years of social media experience across all platforms, and skills in writing, photography, and video. Aca has an Associate’s degree in photography at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. He has spoken on behalf of Make the Road New York on many occasions, in local and national media. His op-ed “The Looming Uncertainty for Dreamers Like Me” was published in the New York Times right before the DACA decision was announced. Ricardo has contributed significantly, and in multiple ways, to Make the Road NY's work and the fight for dignity and justice for immigrant and working class communities.