When she was just 14-years-old, Orange Is the New Black star Diane Guerrero came home to an empty house. Her parents and brother had been taken away by immigration officers and she was left to fend for herself.
Speaking to CNN in a follow-up to an op-ed she wrote for the 'Los Angeles Times', the actress broke down when talking about her relationship with her Colombian parents, who were deported at that time in her life.
“It’s tough, it’s like we’ve been separated for so long, I feel like sometimes we don’t know each other,” she told the network. “It’s difficult because I’ve grown up without them...and I just hate that they have gone through this...I feel like they have lived a very lonely existence.”
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In her heartbreaking essay published over the weekend, Diane recounted the terrifying moment she lost her family.
"My childhood was haunted by the fear that [my parents] would be deported," the immigration reform advocate shared. "If I didn't see anyone when I walked in the door after school, I panicked."
And when it did happen, "My stable family life was over," the now 28-year-old remembers. “Not a single person at any level of government took any note of me. No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat."
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Diane is choosing to speak out about her experience in an effort to change immigration laws in the U.S. Watch her emotional interview with CNN below and read her full op-ed piece on the Los Angeles Times' website.
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