Diane Guerrero is sharing why she is happy she opened up about her family's immigration story.
Back in November, the "Orange Is the New Black" star wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about her parents and older brother being deported back to Colombia when she was 14.
"It's a topic difficult to talk about, to have people know your business like that. I think a lot of people can relate to the situation," Guerrero said in an interview with the Huffington Post. "A lot of young women have come up to me, Latinas who are going through the same thing and are really afraid of their situation."
Days after her letter went viral, President Obama issued his historic executive actions allowing about 4.5 million undocumented children and parents with existing ties to the U.S. from being deported.
"I think it's really important for you to pay attention this year because it's really going to dictate how you're going to have your life for the next four years," Guerrero said.
The actress is writing a memoir titled In The Country We Love about her immigration struggles.
"I'm urging people to participate," Guerrero said. I'm urging people to get involved in their community and vote if they can vote. Or get the word out if they can."
Go Guerrero for speaking about an issue that affects a lot of people in the United States!
Watch Guerrero speak about her family's deportation: