"One moment — that's it all it takes for your entire world to split apart," it reads in the opening sentence to Guerrero's book. "In one irreversible instant — in the space of a single breath — life as I'd known it was forever altered."
Guerrero has shared her story before. In 2014, the actress wrote an article for the Los Angeles Times about her experience losing her parents to immigration deportation and having to survive on her own in Boston with the help of family friends. Since then she's become an activist for immigration rights and was even invited to meet President Barack Obama.
But in her new memoir she shares a deeper, more personal version along with the memories she has of living in the States with her parents, having to finish high school while living with friends, and building an acting career without the support system of her family.Related From Vivala: The Latino Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election
Guerrero's book also sheds light on a broken immigration system that fails so many. Her parents' daily commitment to become citizens and the constant fears and struggles undocumented immigrants experience while living in the U.S.
"From the minute their visas expired, they began strategizing about how they could become citizens," Guerrero writes in her book.
There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and yet we never hear about their children, many of whom are born in the States. Misconceptions surrounding the lives and experiences of undocumented immigrants in this country continue to exist especially as the debate around immigration reform continues. But Guerrero's journey shows how one citizen child was able to survive, persevere, and succeed — despite the odds against her. Check out the video above to hear the rest of her story.