Argenis Hurtado Moreno

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I’m Argenis, and I am a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient and a student at Barrett, the Honors college at Arizona State University. I am writing my senior Honors thesis on DACA recipients in order to better understand our experiences in the US. If you or someone you know is a DACA recipient, please click on this link to answer a quick and anonymous survey. As an incentive for your participation there is an optional registration for a chance win a $25-dollar Amazon gift card. Please help me with my academic research. Thank you!



Argenis /är-hen-ēs/ is a Mexican native, and has resided in Phoenix, Arizona since 1995. As a first-generation college student, he attends Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. His academic interests fall in the spectrum between sociocultural anthropology and sustainability. Through his qualitative research Argenis highlights the lives of DACA recipients throughout metropolitan Phoenix in hopes to promote political progress, human rights, and social justice for those that are uprooted through no fault of their own.

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