Julissa Arce graduated at the top of her San Antonio high school class and went on to succeed in college as well. She became a star of Wall Street and was a vice president for Goldman Sachs by the time she was 27 years old.
All this while also being an undocumented immigrant living in fear of being deported.
She tells her story in her memoir “My Underground American Dream.” Her new book for young readers is “Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for her American Dream.”
Arce is a CNBC and Crooked Media contributor, writer, speaker and social justice advocate. She is the cofounder and chairperson of Ascend Education Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program that assists immigrant students regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity or national origin.
She spoke to Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides.