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René Mendoza Jiménez se pasó mucho de su tiempo escolar como miembro de organizaciones de estudiantes indocumentados, pero él es ciudadano estadounidense. Incluso ahora que está trabajando, su oficio es apoyar a estudiantes sin estatus legal. Piensa que puede ser un verdadero aliado para ellos.


René Mendoza Jiménez spent much of his time in school as a member of undocumented student organizations, but he is a U.S. citizen. …


Micaela Aragon was only 13 when she became involved in her first election campaign. It was 2016, and Bernie Sanders was the nominee. Now that this young immigrant from Peru is preparing to vote in her first election, she reflects on what brought her here.


Micaela Aragón solo tenía 13 años cuando se involucró en su primera campaña electoral. Era el año 2016, y Bernie Sanders era el candidato. Ahora que esta joven inmigrante de Perú se prepara para votar en su primera elección — ella reflexiona sobre lo que la trajo hasta aqui.


María Barrera, de 36 años, pasó de ser el símbolo de un movimiento de estudiantes indocumentados a participar como ciudadana, y nunca bajó un ritmo. Sabe por experiencia que una persona no tiene que tener la ciudadanía en este país para usar su voz política.

María llegó a los 6…


María Barrera, 36, went from being a poster child for an undocumented student movement to participating as a citizen, and she never missed a beat. She knows from experience that a person doesn’t have to have citizenship in this country to use their political voice.

Maria arrived at age 6…


Tanto quería votar Raymiro Gómez-Galiano que no se esperó a que un cumpleaños se lo permitiera. Se registró a los 17 años de edad, bajo un programa estatal.


Raymiro Gómez-Galiano wanted to vote so much that he did not wait for a birthday to allow it. He registered at 17 years of age, under a state program.

“I knew that mail-in ballots were going to start coming to people’s homes on October 5,” says Raymiro. …


Margarita Montañez registered to vote the very day she became a citizen in 1997. She has voted, and has registered others to vote, for a quarter century. Her 73 years are no obstacle.


Margarita Montañez se registró para votar el mismo día que se hizo ciudadana en 1997. Ella ha votado, y ha registrado nuevos votantes, en cada elección durante un cuarto de siglo. Sus 73 años no la detienen.

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