Growing up, Diane Guerrero was terrified of arriving home to an empty house. From a young age, she knew that might mean that her parents and brother—none of whom were U.S. citizens, though Guerrero is one—had been detained. When Guerrero was 14 years old, that fear became reality as her brother was detained and deported—followed by her parents, who had been trying for years to secure their family’s citizenship. Before Guerrero was old enough to get a learner’s permit, the U.S. government had sent her parents thousands of miles away, to Colombia—leaving her to fend for herself.