Yuriana Aguilar, a DACA recipient and post-doctoral fellow at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, celebrates Christmas with her family in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of Yuriana Aguilar

CHICAGO (RNS) — When Yuriana Aguilar gathers for the holidays with her family in California, the celebration revolves around food.

On Christmas Eve, they’ll open presents and maybe watch a Christmas special on TV. But mostly it’s about tamales and pork ribs in red sauce and homemade tortillas — lots of tortillas.

For New Year’s, her family will cook a whole pig, with everybody gathered around a pot as it cooks outside

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