Shirley Araiza is a third year student at American University currently majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Health . Originally from Hillsboro, Oregon (outside of Portland), Shirley grew up the daughter of Mexican immigrants from Jalisco and Oaxaca who picked crops in Oregon’s agriculture industry for many years, and who had long lived in the shadows of their immigration status. This background has caused her to become interested in issues facing migrant and hispanic communities, and how the immigration system contributes to issues within these communities. She has hopes of eventually becoming an attorney or public policy professional, and moving back to Oregon and working around land and water use, labor, healthcare, and agricultural issues facing the state.
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