Maria De Los Angeles

Maria De Los Angeles

Diego was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and brought to the U.S. just over the age of 1. Diego was raised here in the North Bay and the U.S. has become his home. He learned the English language as soon as he started school and went to elementary through high school in the North Bay.

After graduating from Rancho Cotate High School in June of 2007, Diego was accepted into Sonoma State University. Even without any financial aid, he managed to pay for his education by holding a part-time job and with a little help from his parents. He maintained the same part-time job for several years from high school to after graduating from university. Diego graduated from Sonoma State in May of 2012, with his degree in Criminal Justice.

After finishing his schooling, he felt stuck—unable to work using his degree and unable to afford returning to school for a higher education. Fortunately, he was able to find an internship with an immigration law firm. At the law firm, his life would change for the better. They helped him apply immediately to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and after a long wait, he was granted Deferred Action status.

Deferred Action has been a pivotal change in his life. He was hired by the immigration law firm and now plans to attend law school. Diego is looking to work in a field that helps the immigrant community, he wants to help people that find themselves in similar situations as himself.