In a newly published LA Times op-ed, Orange Is The New Black actress, Diane Guerrero, spoke up about U.S. immigration and revealed she was separated from her parents at the tender age of 14, due to its unjust policy.
“And then one day, my fears were realized. I came home from school to an empty house. Lights were on and dinner had been started, but my family wasn’t there. Neighbors broke the news that my parents had been taken away by immigration officers, and just like that, my stable family life was over. Not a single person at any level of government took any note of me. No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat, and at 14, I found myself basically on my own.”
She went on to express that our current immigration law goes against fundamental American principles and values.
“Every day, children who are U.S. citizens are separated from their families as a result of immigration policies that need fixing,” she writes. “I don’t believe it reflects our values as a country to separate children and parents in this way. Nor does it reflect our values to hold people in detention without access to good legal representation or a fair shot in a court of law. President Obama has promised to act on providing deportation relief for families across the country, and I would urge him to do so quickly. Keeping families together is a core American value.”
Another celebrity who’s taken it upon herself to champion immigration reform via the Voto Latino campaign, is Hollywood actress and longtime supporter of undocumented immigrants, Rosario Dawson. For more information on Voto Latino, visit HERE. Also, watch a powerful interview with Dawson in the video clip below.