Diane Guerrero may now be a successful actress, but she hasn't always had an easy life.
As you may recall, the Orange Is the New Black star's parents were deported when she was only 14. How sad!
Now, the 29-year-old is discussing the heart-wrenching separation she had to endure in her new memoir In the Country We Love: My Family Divided.
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Miz Guerrero clearly remembers the day that her momma and poppa were arrested in Boston, MA and sent back to their native Colombia. In a recent interview, she noted about her family's tragedy:
"My family is broken. And it shouldn't have to be."
While the Jane the Virgin actress was born in New Jersey, her parents started their lives in America back in 1981 when they entered the country on visitor visas. It was Diane's aunt who convinced the duo to remain in the states on the idea that the twosome and their son Eric could get better jobs.
The family quickly adopted the American dream and instilled it in their daughter. Diane added:
"My parents instilled a lot of American values in me. They encouraged me to work hard and told me that anything was possible for me because I was a citizen."
To make matters worse, Guerrero noted that immigration and child services never checked in on her to see who would care for her after her parents were removed from the country. Whoa.
Not surprisingly, the brunette beauty struggled throughout her teen years as she dealt with depression, cutting, and alcohol abuse. Diane even highlighted in her book that she came close to killing herself twice.
However, Diane has since found happiness thanks to therapy and speaking out about her traumatic past. In fact, she hasn't given up on the idea of her parents returning to the U.S.A. She shared:
"They haven't given up hope that they'll be with me on the day I get married or have children. And I'll continue fighting for them every day."
Talk about inspiring! Here's hoping that this new book will shed some light on this issue.
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