Sofia Campos knows that dreams lead to big things. As the founder of United We Dream, the nation's largest immigrant, youth-led organization, she fights for the dignity and fair treatment of all immigrants and their families.
Born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Los Angeles as an undocumented immigrant (which she found out when she was 17), the fight is personal.
"That hateful language, you know, like 'illegal, alien, wetback, leech,'" she told NPR in 2012. "People were talking about my brother, my sister, my mom, my dad. How can these people, who don't know me at all, who don't know the love that exists within my family — how can you be just so hateful?"
The group has fought for access to higher education and legal status for undocumented immigrant youth as well as their family. This election cycle they have launched a public education campaign to combat what they call the "rise of hatred and violence in American politics."
In a recent press release they stated: “Immigrant youth have been physically harassed by supporters of both Trump and Marco Rubio for speaking out in peaceful protest. Trans people are being murdered at shocking rates and women wearing headscarves are being assaulted while American politicians call for closing the borders because of one’s religion or national origin.
“United We Dream is committed to combatting intolerance and bigotry wherever we find it, whether that means engaging in nonviolent direct action or engaging our own communities in conversations about islamophobia.”