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“Orange Is The New Black” Star Recalls Parent’s Deportation

Diane Guerrero is on top of the world right now. Not only is she one of the principals on Orange is the New Black but she also has a recurring role on Jane the Virgin. But she wasn’t always so lucky. At the age of 14 her parents and brother were deported back to Colombia and she was left all alone in the United States. Guerrero broke down in tears as she recalled the nightmare of coming home to discover that your entire family is gone,

“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.”

Guerrero spent the rest of her childhood staying with friends. She spoke about how no one in the government seemed concerned for her or her life, she was just left to her own devices. The immigration debate is a complex issue and one of the things that is most controversial is what happens to the natural born American children of the undocumented. Many conservatives think that they too should be deported. That, of course, is a violation of the constitutional rights of an American citizen. Diane did well for herself but many children are not so lucky.

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