Diane Guerrero Quotes.
I am conscious of the community that I’m representing and don’t play into stereotypes.
When you watch ‘Doom Patrol,’ you’ll see most of the characters are trying to run away from their feelings and their emotions, and the minute they take a second and look at themselves face to face, that’s when things can actually get resolved and get one step closer to peace.
I’m not one for lying to children.
I always thought, ‘Wow, I know I have an important story to tell,’ but I never really thought it would happen.
I think one of my best qualities is my ability to empathize with people. Perhaps it’s because my journey has been so bumpy.
We should be a nation that welcomes immigrants, keeps families together, and ensures that everyone gets a fair day in court.
I think it’s always been sort of difficult for people of color to celebrate the Fourth of July and really understand what that means.
I had dreams, but always told myself, ‘Nah, that would never happen.’ For a poor Latina, (acting) wasn’t a reality.
My parents instilled a lot of American values in me. They encouraged me to work hard and told me that anything was possible for me because I was a citizen.
People like seeing people being human and real, and I think that’s been lacking on TV.
It’s disheartening to see the hate speech and the divisive behavior. But at the same time, I have to believe that smart people and good people of this country don’t give in to that.
I worked while in high school and college so that I could pay for school. I also had loans.
Every day, children who are U.S. citizens are separated from their families as a result of immigration policies that need fixing.
I’ve experienced colorism in that way: where if you’re lighter, then you’ll potentially be accepted into society better than if you were darker-skinned.
When you’re the child of undocumented immigrants, you learn to keep your mouth shut.
As much as it’s been difficult to tell my story over and over again, it has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.
My parents have always been very honest with me.
We have to educate our communities about the immigration system and dispel the myths that have been fed to us. Immigration isn’t going to go away. A wall isn’t going to ‘solve’ the issue.
It’s sometimes a little embarrassing to take selfies, but sometimes I want to take a selfie because I’m like, ‘Oh I look cute. I like my hat. I like what I’m wearing, and I want to show it off.’
I know my family loves me, but the hardest part is to love myself.
If we value children and family, there’s a great need for change, and we should try immigration reform – create a path for citizenship for people already here, update the visa system.
‘Forrest Gump’ has been one of my favorite movies of all time.
I love making dishes that my mother used to make.
We have a lot of comments on the news, we have a lot of rhetoric over what an immigrant is and what a deportee is, but you don’t hear any real stories. I don’t think we ever had the chance to really tell our side.
Immigrants are working hard to give our families a better life. Isn’t that what the American Dream is?
Love yourself no matter who you are or where you come from.
Once I started advancing in my career, I stopped wanting to hide from my reality.
I feel like there’s this misconception that immigrants come here and just don’t care about the system and paying taxes, and that’s not true. My father was desperately trying to be a legal contributor to this society.
‘Doom Patrol’ is doing the most – and the wackiest – things, but when you’ve been alive in this time, you know it’s actually not so wacky. Awful, strange, and inexplicable things do happen.
Neighbors broke the news that my parents had been taken away by immigration officers, and just like that, my stable family life was over.
I definitely binge-watched ‘House of Cards’ when it first came out.
My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported.
I always wanted to, to the smallest detail, make my parents proud.
Crazy Jane is a complex individual who always has a lot brewing. She tries to hold things together on the surface, which is something that we all try to do. She uses these different personalities to try to cope with life.
I am a proud American, regardless of the fact that my parents were separated from me forcefully.
I was lucky enough to be with my parents until I was 14. Having my parents tell me that I could do anything. I was special. I matter.
I would have had a much different story to tell if I had been imprisoned after being separated from my family, without a warm bed and only the cold faces of ICE agents and the crinkly feeling of a Mylar blanket.
Once my family was taken, I became fully aware that my community matters less to some people. That we are treated differently because of the color of our skin or where our parents were born.
I learned at a very young age that my parents were undocumented.
If you have money, donate it. If you have time, donate that time. If you have a story to tell, share that story. There’s a list of things you can do, and even educating yourself is a form of revolution in my opinion.
People tell me to go back to my country, and I’m an American.
I don’t think you’re ever ready to read your life back to yourself and try to make it entertaining for others.
I definitely had to pave my own path, which wasn’t always the easiest thing to do.
While awaiting deportation proceedings, my parents remained in detention near Boston, so I could visit them. They would have liked to fight deportation, but without a lawyer and an immigration system that rarely gives judges the discretion to allow families to stay together, they never had a chance.
I feel like there’s this misconception that immigrants come here and just don’t care about the system and paying taxes, and that’s not true.
I feel like you can’t really be truthful as an artist and empathize with the human experience unless you know your truth, and you’re not living a lie.
Even if you can’t be an activist every day, when you can be, do it.
We need comprehensive immigration reform so that we’re not creating this cycle of poverty and depression and everything that comes with separating a family.
I grew up in Boston.
We were like any other family with the same troubles and some of the same happy moments.
Since when is it good to separate a family?