Undocumented Student Triumphs, Admits Roots

Jul 29, 2015

Dan-El Padilla Peralta's family arrived in New York legally from the Dominican Republic.

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But their visas lapsed, and they stayed.  Dan-El excelled in school, winning a private school scholarship and zooming to the top of his class. 

It was just before his salutatorian speech at Princeton that Dan-El revealed to the world that he was "undocumented," a story he tells in his book, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League.

Dan-El joins us on the air to talk about that odyssey.