Vivian learned she was in the US illegally during her freshman year in high school, but initially she believed that her status would prevent her from attending college but have few other consequences. She learned differently in August 2011, when her mother gave her some upsetting news, she said. “She came home crying like I’d never seen her cry, and she just told me, ‘Your dad’s with ICE,’” Vivian said, referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security that deals with border security and illegal immigration. Vivian, 19, who asked that her last name not be used because of her immigration status, was one of about 30 immigration reform activists who rallied outside Boston City Hall at lunchtime Wednesday before marching down Tremont Street to the headquarters of the Student Immigrant Movement.
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