It’s official! This Tuesday November 29th was declared Diane Guerrero Day in Boston. ?
And we couldn’t be happier for her.
During the We Are Boston Gala put on by Boston City’s Office For Immigrant Advancement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh acknowledged all of Diane’s activism and advocacy for an immigration reform with her own day.
“Thank you Mayor Walsh for this incredible honor! Thank you for supporting immigrant achievement and advancement in my hometown of Boston. I love my city,” she captioned on Instagram.
She celebrated her big night with her close girl friends.
Guerrero has a long history with Boston. She moved to Boston from New Jersey when she was a toddler, graduated from Boston Arts Academy, and it was in Boston where the need for immigration reform affected her in a profoundly personal way.
When Guerrero was 14 years old, she came home from Boston Arts Academy to find that her parents had been taken by immigration officials while she was at school. Her memoir “In the Country We Love: My Family Divided,” which was published in May, tells the story of how her parents were deported and she was left to fend for herself.
For many years, Guerrero kept her parents’ deportation to herself. “I’d go on interviews and people would ask me different questions about my upbringing and different questions about my parents, and I found myself lying,” Guerrero told The Boston Globe in an interview.
Eventually, she couldn’t keep it to herself anymore and wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times telling her story and started her advocacy for immigration reform, which led to her being named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization in 2015 by President Obama.
Go on with your bad self, Diane!
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