Today, the cover of TIME Magazine features the culmination of a yearlong journey. It is a reflection on what I’ve experienced traveling across the United States, after “coming out” publicly as an undocumented immigrant a year ago this month.
I reflect on the tough questions I’ve been asked and tell the stories of some of the toughest young people I’ve ever known: young DREAMers who are American through and through — whose courage and determination has now been documented by TIME filmmakers.
Watch their powerful stories:
In the year since my essay went viral, at least 2,000 undocumented Americans — and we are, at heart, Americans — have personally contacted me and outed themselves. Their stories flooded in at public events and in late-night Facebook messages.
Across the country, more and more Americans are challenging how our politicians, the media — and even the Supreme Court (in its current deliberation on Arizona's immigration law) — talk about immigration.
These brave deeds must be met with equal bravery from those of us who have the power to pass it on.
Our mission is to spread these stories far and wide over the next few days, inspiring even more people to come forward and share theirs.
Join us — comment and share this blog post with a friend, post a message to Facebook, or tweet @DefineAmerican with the #WeAreAmericans hashtag. Most importantly, let’s make this a conversation that no one can ignore.
With all my heart, thank you for being part of this incredible journey.