Corona is one of many undocumented immigrants in Oregon who were granted two-year work visas through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Her acceptance letter brought tears.
That day, she told The Oregonian, was a small victory for immigrants. It also strengthened her passion for immigrant rights, a cause she wants to pursue as a career once she finishes college.
“I felt that a lot of the things I wanted to do had been limited, but not because I didn’t try hard enough,” says Corona, who was brought to the United States as a 9-month-old baby. “I was told I couldn’t do these things because of my documentation. I’m really excited about having options.”
Corona hopes to eventually become a U.S. senator.