Why I went on a hunger strike for my mom

Cynthia Diaz, 18, from Arizona, is seen outside the White House on April 8 with a group of immigrant activists to protest deportations. Leary, AlexCynthia Diaz, 18, from Arizona, is seen outside the White House on April 8 with a group of immigrant activists to protest deportations. Leary, Alex
Cynthia Diaz, 18, from Arizona, is seen outside the White House on April 8 with a group of immigrant activists to protest deportations. Leary, Alex

Cynthia Diaz, 18, from Arizona, is seen outside the White House on April 8 with a group of immigrant activists to protest deportations. Leary, Alex

“Cynthia! They’re taking your mom!” The sound of my dad’s shout woke me up at seven in the morning.

I ran to the front door of our Arizona home that morning, where 10 agents in black uniforms surrounded my mom. Already handcuffed in her pajamas and slippers, she was being pushed into a van. Our eyes met and I recognized her sadness and fear. When my dad asked one officer what happened, he actually chuckled. “You know what happened. Did you help her cross?” All we could do was look out at my front yard as one by one, the officers started to disappear into the van with my mother. They took off, and my dad and I went back inside.

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