Sophie Cruz learned early never to take no for an answer. Sophie made international headlines in 2015 when she was just 5 years old, by making it past the barricades to deliver Pope Francis a letter regarding her fear of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Pope was moved by her letter and addressed the issue at a meeting with the United States Congress the next day.
The meeting called for the US to be inclusive of refugees and immigrants, encouraging an open discussion on the topic across the states. In 2016, Sophie was invited to meet President Obama at the White House for a Cinco De Mayo celebration, and in 2017, she was featured as a speaker at the Women's March in Washington, DC, in protest of Donald Trump's inauguration. The young Mexican continues to ensure the continuance of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) so that her parents — and all undocumented parents — can remain in the US.