But Catalina Santiago isn’t giving up on the fight, for her own rights or those of her parents and the millions of laborers like them. If President Trump won the White House through his power to demonize undocumented people as law-breaking “bad hombres,”
Santiago is devoted to reframing the conversation by stressing their vital economic contributions. Last May, she joined forces with organizations like Movimiento Cosecha to stage a “Day Without Immigrants”
— a nationwide strike empowering thousands of unauthorized workers to underscore the necessary, thankless, and often under-paid jobs they perform every day.