Actor Diane Guerrero knows the fear of losing your parents to deportation.
“All my childhood, I worried about my parents being taken away,” she explained. “That’s all that I was preoccupied with.”
Guerrero was born in the U.S. to Colombian parents. When she was 14, her parents were taken from their home and deported. They’ve never returned to the United States.
“As someone who was separated from her family, I was forced to make decisions all on my own for all of my life. My blueprint for decision making is completely underdeveloped,” she said. “I was able to reach out to my community, but my foundation was barely there. And so this is a matter of luck. When we’re talking about millions of children with their parents, there is a problem.”
Guerrero continued her education at Boston Arts Academy and now stars in “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin.”
“When talking about immigration and when talking about DREAMers, parents shouldn’t be missing from that,” she said. “How can you build confidence when all you’ve been told all your life is that your parents are awful but you’re ok ‘cause you sorta didn’t know what was going on?’”