One Mistake As A Teen Made Me An Ally For Undocumented Immigrants

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One Mistake As A Teen Made Me An Ally For Undocumented Immigrants

“Get out of the country, you illegals!” I yelled at the top of my lungs from the backseat of the car my friend was driving. “We don’t want you here!”You may never guess that a member of Jose Antonio Vargas’s Define American organization, which aims to create …

“Get out of the country, you illegals!” I yelled at the top of my lungs from the backseat of the car my friend was driving. “We don’t want you here!”You may never guess that a member of Jose Antonio Vargas’s Define American organization, which aims to create a more welcoming culture for immigrants, once yelled insults at Latino day laborers as a teenager. Furthermore, you may also never guess I am Latino myself, and that my father was once an undocumented immigrant.

Read the very personal story of Hendel Leiva, Define Americans’ Campus Engagement Manager

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