Isabel Castillo Profiled in NYT

Brent Finnegan -- February 21st, 2011

Harrisonburg DREAM Act-ivist Isabel Castillo was profiled in a feature in Monday’s edition of the New York Times.

Regular hburgnews readers should recognize the name from several stories published here in 2010. Castillo entered the U.S. illegally with her parents when she was six years old, and grew up in Harrisonburg.

The NYT story by reporter Michael Winerip focuses on Castillo’s life after publicly coming out as an unauthorized immigrant. Although the DREAM Act died in the U.S. Senate, she’s been busy continuing her fight to provide children of unauthorized immigrants a path to citizenship, and a shot at a college education in the U.S.

Because of her Dream Act fame, she is much in demand and has to organize her work schedule around public appearances. Last Monday, she spoke to the women’s Bible study group at Asbury United Methodist Church; Tuesday she delivered a speech at James Madison University; Wednesday she testified in Richmond before a State Senate subcommittee; Thursday she addressed a luncheon group at the Winchester Rotary Club.

Thanks to hburgnews reader Andrea for bringing this story to our attention.

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