NEWS ABOUT CATALINA
The latest news about Catalina’s campaign and our community.
A number of new citizens are now seeking political office
Catalina Cruz said she is running for the New York state Assembly to set policies that will help people like her mother, who had to scrounge to make ends meet as Cruz was growing up, including by selling tamales and collecting cans.
“It gives me the opportunity to fight in a way I haven’t been able to do or frankly had the courage to do until now,” Cruz said.
If she wins the Queens, New York, seat, Cruz, who became a citizen in 2009, said she is not worried about any criticism because of her previous status as undocumented.
“If you grew up undocumented you already had enough hardships,” Cruz said. “What is an anti-immigrant going to do to you that this system and this society hasn’t already done to you as an undocumented person?”