09 October 2011
The Ledger

LAKELAND | Mayra Hidalgo-Salazar shared her story willingly, then scrunched her face into a shy smile.

Framed by petite shoulders and pretty flashes of Tiffany-blue nail polish, Hidalgo sat with near-perfect posture and swished her hands through the air when she spoke.

She has made a name for herself as a go-to person for immigration activism in Polk County. At 20 years old, her peers describe her as a champion of the American Dream, anxious to wade through the vagaries of a complex immigration debate and its youth movement.

Her goal is to put a face to an issue.

But the hitch for Hidalgo is glaring. No matter her ironclad zeal, she is as tethered to her success as those she serves. She, too, is undocumented.

She doesn't go out of her way to hide it. And she does not apologize.

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