Undocumented LGBT ‘Dreamer’ Shares His Story at 4Ward Symposium

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02/28/2019

Candelario Saldana is a leader who is making strides and causing a few waves at the University of Miami for LGBT lawyers. Saldana’s mother brought him to America from Mexico when he was one year and nine months old. “I didn’t realize I was any different from anybody until I was in middle school- there was school report about what type of career you would like to pursue and we started to have a discussion – I wanted to become a lawyer. I would be able to get my mom out of poverty.”  He continued: “I guess it’s about being a role model. You can put your dream on pause but don’t ever give up on it. I put my dream on pause for six years, I wanted to go to law school. And when the opportunity came, I took it! And now I am joining one of the biggest law firms in the country, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. And [my story] can give people hope. Just don’t give up.”

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