Young Undocumented Immigrant Rallies for American Dream

AndiolaBy Anaridis Rodriguez — 10/02/10
Erika Andiola was one of the many undocumented immigrants making her voice heard around the nation’s capitol this morning. Andiola is a Mexican immigrant who came to the United States when she was 11 years old. She is now a grown woman with a degree in psychology from Arizona State. Andiola speaks perfect English but has yet to fulfill her American dream.
“You grew up here and your teachers always told you ‘you can make it’… and I believed it.. I have a degree right now but I can’t use it, I’m unemployed right now. It’s really frustrating for me, thinking that I want to help my family, my mom. My mother is also unemployed because of our status, and I want to help her… I want to help her but I can’t because of my status.”
Andiola hopes her presence at the One Nation rally will push legislators to take action and pass the Dream Act. The Dream Act is a legislation that will legalize undocumented students who were brought to the United States before the age of 16.
It is estimated there are over 12 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.