Lupe Campos was a freshman at Othello High School when he learned he was an “undocumented” student and began to understand what that meant for his future.
He had been placed in a program for migrant students “because my family moved so much based on availability of seasonal jobs,” he said. “To my surprise, I also found out that I was an undocumented student.”
Campos’ mother brought him to the U.S. at age one from Guadalajara, Mexico. By age nine he had attended five schools in three states. He went through Othello High School with uncertainty about the impact his status would have on his life after he graduated.
Outside of school, Campos still spent days with his family and helped his mother in the fields during weekends and summers. But he also took the initiative to participate in school activities—a decision that would change his life.