Since taking office, President Donald Trump has signed executive orders limiting travel from several Muslim-majority countries, attempted to phase out an Obama-era program to protect undocumented immigrants brought as children and issued a zero-tolerance policy at the Mexican border that caused over 2,300 children to be separated from their parents.
For Cristina Jiménez, who was brought to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant twenty years ago, each one of these actions was a reason to fight.
“It’s hard,” she said at a July 9 event at WeWork White House in Washington, D.C. “I have the days where I feel like yes, we can change the world. And there are days or weeks that have been very debilitating.”
The 33-year-old activist originally founded United We Dream, America’s largest youth-led pro-immigration organization, in 2008, with the goal of creating a community where people could advocate together for immigration reform.