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I'm Joel.



Michelle. Nice to meet you.



How are you?

I'm doing good. How are you doing?

I'm good.

Hi. My name is Fifita.

Nice to meet you. I'm Damian.

Nice meeting you, too.

Beautiful young lady.

Thank you.

My name is Liliana Nagee.

My name is Jamilla. Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Such a nice name.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

I only do hugs. So I'm not very good at meeting strangers.

Hello. I'm Katyana. Nice to meet you.

I'm Aaron. Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

I do research with babies.

I love kids.

I love kids, too.

Have you seen X-Men, like the TV show or the movie?


Are you familiar with X-Men?

Kind of.

How old are you?

I'm 23.

Twenty three, okay. I'm 18. I'm a political science student at UCLA.

I have to share something with you.

I just needed to tell you a little secret about my story.

I'm already getting nervous.

I have a very big secret I've been holding in for about 26 years.

I guess I'm going to let you know.

Are you good?

I'm good. Me and my family are here undocumented. Do you know what that means?


Yeah, okay.

I am an undocumented citizen in this country.

I'm undocumented.

When I stay from school, then I couldn't afford to pay for my school, I became undocumented.

When I was in high school, that's when I learned that I didn't have a social security number. That's when I realized that I was undocumented.


I'm undocumented, and I live with the fear every day.

Are you curious where I'm from?

Yeah, definitely.

What's your guess?

I'd say Korea.

I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Oh, no way.

I am originally from the Philippines.

Belize City.

What I want to do with my political science major degree is go into public health policy and management and advocate for the rights of undocumented immigrants.

You know I think that human lives is a little bit more important than just like, you know, things that you say on paper.

I can't really hate on that because I mean that's how my family got here. My grandparents were undocumented, so I understand.

This is the country of opportunity.


I'm about to graduate, so...

That's terrific.

I feel like we should have a hug.


Thank you for sharing your story. I think it's beautiful.

Thank you so much.

Let me give you a hug.

Oh, it kind of got me.


That's okay.

Thank you. Thank you.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

"The Secrets of Strangers" is the directorial debut of TV personality Rocsi Diaz for the Welcome.US campaign. To learn more about the campaign and Immigrant Heritage Month, Like them on Facebook. And you can follow the talented Rocsi Diaz on Twitter.


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