The struggle of the Ecuadorian Cristina Jiménez in the United States has paid off.
Since arriving in the northern country, barely 13 years old, from Quito, she has experienced the situation of the minor children of migrant parents.
Thus, in 2008 she promoted the creation of Together We Dream organization that fights for the rights of young migrants in the United States.
Her work in almost a decade earned her this year among the 100 most influential people in the world, a ranking of Time magazine.
Each winner has a written review by a prominent personality in the publication. For Cristina, it was performed by pop singer Selena Gómez.
“Cristina Jiménez dreams, and dreams big. She dreams because she wants a future for 700,000 young people, who without choice, were brought as children to the United States by their undocumented immigrant parents. ”
The singer highlighted the work of the Ecuadorian in Together We Dream organization, because she played an “important role in the decision of President Barack Obama to sign the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).”
DACA was established in 2012 with the objective of “deferring” any action on immigration status for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal, to persons who arrived in the United States when they were still minors.
The activist shares Time’s place with other Latin Americans, such as the Chilean Daniela Vega (actress of the film Una mujer fantástica), the Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, in Puerto Rico .
The Ecuadorian, a native of Quito, is included in the ranking in the Icon category, with Justin Trudeau, president of Canada; the singer Rihanna and the actor Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther).
Jiménez reacted on Twitter. “It is an incredible recognition to the thousands of young migrants, and families in Together We Dream organization, who fight to stop deportations,” she said. (I)