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QUEENS — Dreamer Catalina Cruz won the Democratic primary for a New York State Assembly seat in Queens’ District 39 on Thursday.
Born in Colombia and raised in Queens, the 35-year-old defeated Assemblywoman Ari Espinal and Yonel Letellier Sosa in the primary elections with about 54-percent of the votes. Espinal previously took the seat in April during a special election after Francisco Moya moved to the New York City Council.
The article goes on to state the following:
Cruz fought for tenant, immigrant and workers’ rights in her years as a lawyer and civil servant in both the Cuomo administration and the office of City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. When President Donald Trump was elected, she felt the causes she’d championed were in jeopardy, so she kicked off a campaign for office in District 39, where almost half the population is foreign-born.
Cruz, who became a U.S. citizen in 2009, said she is the “reflection of anyone in my community,” as she grew up undocumented, working more than 40 hours a week to get through college and law school and struggled with affordable housing — a struggle many in her district face.
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In a July report, Broadly.VICE provided the following information:
Cruz has street cred in Queens as a woman who gets things done. She most recently served as chief of staff for Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, a Queens politician who oversaw the city’s $82 billion budget as the chair of the Committee on Finance and championed the Menstrual Equity program, providing free sanitary products in New York City public schools in 2017. In 2014 and 2015, while working for a New York City Councilman, Cruz oversaw and implemented the Unaccompanied Minors Initiative to prevent immigrant minors from being deported; and with the Mayor’s office, she implemented the rollout of IDNYC, a municipal identification program that benefits New York City immigrants who may not have a driver’s license or social security number.
Now, Cruz is running for State Assembly in New York’s 39th district—which includes Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona—as a Democrat. If she wins the primary this September and the general election in November, she will become an advocate for undocumented people there.
“For me, there are many types of Dreamers, and each of our experiences are valid, painful, yet full of hope,” says Cruz when I ask how she defines Dreamer. “There are the Dreamers like me, brought here as kids and were undocumented during the era of the first DREAM Act, which was introduced in 2001. There are the Dreamers who have DACA and now have status because they have permanent residency or are even citizens. And there are the Dreamers who are still undocumented. What we all have in common is that our parents brought us here as kids and this country has become our home; we went to school here, work and invest here, made a life here, but many are still not as lucky as me to have status.”
Cruz, now 35, arrived in the US at nine years old with her single mother, Rosa Agudelo, from Medellín, Colombia, in 1992. “My mom was in the medical field back in Colombia—she was a nurse’s assistant,” says Cruz. “She came here, like many immigrants, to be a domestic worker. My mom gave out flyers on Roosevelt Ave for $40 a day. My mom sold tamales; my mom sold empanadas at the park to be able to put a roof over my head.”
If Cruz wins against her Republican opponent in November’s general election, she reportedly will be the first former illegal alien to be elected to office in New York.
— Michael Torpey (@TorpeyMichael) September 14, 2018
These 3 Latinas won their seats last nite in NYC! Catalina Cruz, Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar! Congratulations to these firebrands! @nytopinion @nytDeniseGrady @nytimes @nytpolitics @nytmike @nytmike @NYTmag @maggieNYT @jmartNYT @jessicaramos @CatalinaCruzNY @SalazarSenate18 pic.twitter.com/KTCpoik4Lh
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) September 14, 2018
Colombian-born Catalina Cruz could be the 1st Dreamer to hold office in New York following her primary win in District 39 https://t.co/cbPFd07QtV
— Aliza Chasan (@AlizaChasan) September 14, 2018