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Dear PoP – Uplifting DC immigrant story – Mauricio Bautista

“Dear PoP,

I just wanted to share the latest We Are America immigrant video. It’s a heartwarming story about a Salvadoran immigrant who’s lived in the DC area for the last 25 years. The subject, Mauricio Bautista, works at a bilingual school in upper NW and is a truly amazing character. Unfortunately such positive immigration stories don’t get told so often…”

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“Mauricio’s story: beloved school custodian granted residency with overwhelming community support – Mauricio Bautista fled to Virginia in the late 1980s during the civil war in El Salvador. He applied for asylum and waited more than a decade for a response. In the meantime he was granted a work permit, married a US citizen, and became the father of two boys. But 20 years after he first entered the country he still lacked legal residency. Earlier this year his case went to court and the bi-lingual school in Washington DC where he works rallied around him. In a triumphant and emotional victory, Mauricio was granted legal residency and now can confidently continue his work with children.”

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