Irvin has been in the United States since he was only eight months old, when his parents brought him here. He was diagnosed with kidney failure at age 13 and although his prognosis was very dire, he is still alive. He had been receiving dialysis treatment in Georgia until he discovered that, at age 18, his immigration status disqualified him from further treatment.
Irvin was forced to move to California in order to continue receiving treatment and is now away from his mother in a place completely new to him. He has received great help from Isaac Barrera of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) and his family, but he is unable to work because of his medical condition and, of course, the cost of living in California. Irvin goes for dialysis treatment every day for nine hours.
Friends of his in DreamActivist Georgia (DAGA) went door-to-door in their community to raise funds to help Irvin, but they were only to collect a small amount. Please donate to help defray his costs until he can be reunited with his mother in Georgia. Whether it is a one-time donation or a regular contribution, it could be life-changing for Irvin.
We have all heard of the daily struggles in the South. In addition to being kicked out of schools and denied basic necessities, undocumented immigrants like Irvin are even being kicked out of hospitals. The saying “fighting for our lives” has become literal for so many undocumented people.