“It would end up taking my mother almost three decades to become a U.S. citizen, but in 2009 she finally stood in front of our flag and said the Pledge of Allegiance as an American. It was the most special day of her life—and although I may not tell her enough, it was the most special day of my life, too.
“My mother spent her life sacrificing so that her children could have opportunities she didn’t. So to see her, for the first time I can remember, take the time to do something for herself was almost overwhelming. Watching her become a citizen, knowing this will be the first time she can vote for a president, and seeing how excited she has been to participate in the process is what motivated me to become an organizer.”