Wendy Carrillo was five years old when she came to the US. Eventually, she gained legal resident status, and then became a US citizen, while working as a human rights journalist, reports Prachi Gupta.
“But in the age of Trump, who is targeting undocumented immigrants and people of color, Carrillo has found a new calling: running for Congress,” says Gupta.
Carrillo has been endorsed by the organizers of the Women’s March to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Xavier Becerra in a special election in California’s immigrant-rich 34th District. If she wins, Carrillo would become the first formerly undocumented woman in Congress.
Gupta talked to Carrillo about the challenges she’s encountered and how she plans to protect the rights of immigrants, if elected.