POV: Don't Tell Anyone

About This Episode

When Angy Rivera was 3, her mother, Maria, decided to flee the growing violence and unrest in their native Colombia, selling their possessions for a one-way ticket to New York. The United States was their promised land, but would remain so only if Rivera promised not to tell anyone that she was undocumented. "Deportation is the biggest fear," Rivera explains, and that fear shaped all aspects of her life.

Rivera eventually grew tired of being held captive by her immigration secret and started a column on the New York State Youth Leadership Council website called "Ask Angy," the first undocumented-youth advice column in the country. She also started a YouTube channel offering similar advice, support and humor that currently boasts more than 37,000 views. Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) follows Rivera’s remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times. It also documents Rivera's quest to help others living in immigration's "shadows" and to gain a visa for herself.