Photo courtesy of Liliana Guillen / Special to the Town Crier
Liliana Guillen serves as keynote speaker at her 2015 graduation from Foothill College. After four years at Foothill and subsequently earning a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, she faces an uncertain future due to her undocumented status.
Liliana Guillen attended Foothill College and graduated last spring from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Like many students who return home after completing school, she took a temporary job while trying to determine a career path. But as one of California’s 222,795 residents covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Guillen’s future – much like the policy itself – is in limbo.
Coming to America
Guillen’s parents arrived in the Bay Area with the intention of working for a few years and sending money back home to their family in Guerrero, Mexico, then eventually returning to their homeland. However, the high cost of living in the heart of Silicon Valley proved to be more than the Guillens had anticipated. They moved their entire family to Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood when Guillen was 10.