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Hector Salamanca

Hector Salamanca

Published: October 15, 2013
Hector Salamanca

“No human being is illegal.” ~Hector Salamanca

Photo: AFSC / Jon Krieg

Hector Salamanca was just a few years old when his parents came to the United States to look for work.  Today, with help from AFSC, Hector successfully applied for Deferred Action status, although his parents are still among the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  
Hector, who is the first in his family to attend college, has become an outspoken activist for change in U.S. immigration policy.  Working with AFSC, Hector has spoken to middle school students, lobbied his elected leaders, and become a leader in the Des Moines, Iowa Latino community.  

Hector says that AFSC helped him believe in his own power to change things for the better… and today he is inspiring others to act boldly for their rights as citizens and human beings.