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Hillary Praises "Incredibly Brave" Woman Admitting She Is An Illegal Immigrant

NOVA: My name is Nova. I am 19-years-old and I've been in the Lower East Side Girls Club now for 9 years. I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls are exhibiting here. For the first time publicly I want to say that I’m an undocumented immigrant. I want to say that it’s been extremely difficult for me to empower myself in America because I came here illegally when I was five. And I came from Split, Croatia, where I was born.

It’s been very hard because I don’t have the documentation here: to get a job; to vote–which is essential, obviously, to [get] representation; to buy an apartment; to go to college–so I couldn’t even go to my dream college because of that; to get no financial aid.

I want to ask what in your sense is essential for immigration reform because girls like me–and I’m not the only one here, there are 11 million people standing behind me here and I can only imagine how many girls there are. Because this is an extreme glass ceiling for me that I can’t even control. Not even as a woman but not even as a human.

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh Nova. Wow. That was incredibly brave. And I thank you for doing that because it’s important to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. That’s one of the big hopes I have, is that we can get back to being a country where people can understand what others are going through and have empathy for it and really try to help each other.

I am strongly in favor of the legislation that passed the Senate. It was bipartisan; that’s rare these days. It passed and unfortunately the House of Representatives has not taken it up. And I think that was a big missed opportunity for our country.

I’m a huge supporter of immigration reform and a path to citizenship and will continue to advocate for that. And the more stories so that people … can put a real face on what it means to have been brought here when you were five years old, to have spent your entire life here, to have made your best efforts here, that’s what immigration reform should be about.

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