17 Years after Arriving in the U.S, Hillary Clinton’s Latino Outreach Director becomes a Citizen

Lorelli Praeli has a big job. She is Hillary Clinton’s Latino outreach director. Her job is to encourage Latinos to register to vote and show up at the polls and those with green cards to become U.S. citizens.

But this isn’t the biggest news…Praeli just became a citizen of the United States.

Praeli, a 27-year-old Peruvian, had lived in this country illegally since the age of 10 when her parents brought her to get medical attention. She received her green card after she married a citizen in 2012, but on December 15th she took part in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives with President Obama. She’s stoked to vote in 2016.

“There is no better feeling,” Praeli said. “It was everything coming together.”

READ: Hillary Clinton Takes Stance on Immigration

Before joining Clinton’s team, Praeli was an immigrant rights activists working for the undocumented youth advocacy group United We Dream. Her work helped push Obama’s deferred action policies that saved many from being deported.

“Lorella’s story, like so many other American stories, remind us of who we are as a people,” Clinton said. “I am so lucky to have her.”

Read more about Praeli’s story and President Obama’s speech from the Huffington Post here.

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