When Hanseul Kang (Broad Residency 2012-2014) first learned that an undocumented mother asked her child’s school principal to serve as guardian if she were ever deported, the proverb “walk a mile in their shoes” felt all too familiar.
As the daughter of immigrants and a former undocumented student herself, Hanseul – now state superintendent of schools in the District of Columbia – has walked in the shoes of the nearly 65,000 undocumented students who are on track to graduate from high school next year – and the countless more who will follow in the years to come.
In an op-ed featured in The Washington Post, Hanseul opens up about her own path, her support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and her concerns that the current political climate is dehumanizing immigrants and the tremendous value they bring to our country.
Watch the above video produced by The Washington Post as Hanseul reflects on her experience as an undocumented student.
Lauren Mendoza is The Broad Center’s associate director of communications.