For Mexican immigrant Hugo Sanchez, 24, being undocumented was the kind of problem that separated him, made him feel alone and caused an unending amount of stress. Then he heard of others who were in the same predicament. The difference was they did not hide in the shadows. This eventually inspired Sanchez to share his status in a particularly public way.
Last year, he joined his sister and four others to block the street at a major Phoenix, Ariz. avenue in an act of civil disobedience. For hours, 150 activists rallied around them and chanted, "Undocumented and unafraid!" They also called for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to arrest them in a state well known for deportations. In Sanchez's view, this stance was the only liberating option.